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30 November 2023
Born of a surrogate mother
Olivia Maurel, 32, was born to a surrogate mother and today she is fighting on the front line against the practice, which she describes as 'atrocious' and 'monstrous'. She always knew something was wrong with her family. She suffers from depression, has had problems with alcoholism and has attempted suicide several times. Only recently has she discovered the truth about her origins and that she suffered the trauma of abandonment. "To no child," she says, "should what happened to me ever happen again."
Commercial or 'altruistic' surrogacy must be abolished. These are the words of Olivia Maurel, born in December 1991 in Kentucky by traditional surrogacy (i.e. in which the oocyte also belongs to the 'surrogate mother', ed.), who recounted her experience in a conference at the parliament of the Czech Republic. Today, married with two children in Cannes, 'proud to be a feminist' as we read on her X page, she fights against surrogacy. Her testimony, very valuable as there are still very few [...]
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9 November 2023
13 November in The Hague against surrogacy
The Private International Law Conference is pushing for transnational recognition of gestation per se contracts with the intention of forcing national legislation to benefit biomarket profits. The Icams coalition against GPA organised a demonstration in defence of women's dignity and against the market in girls and children
The International Coalition to Abolish Surrogacy (ICASM) organised an international demonstration in front of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) on 13 November to oppose the regulation of cross-border 'surrogacy'. Indeed, attempts are being made to impose international regulation of so-called 'surrogacy': as of 13 November, the HCCH will set up a working group with the task of drafting a convention to allow cross-border recognition of contracts. This is to meet the growing demand in the biomarket [...]
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4 August 2023
Lesbian motherhood: open letter to Kathleen Stock
The gender critical philosopher says she is concerned about the rights of lesbian mothers being denied 'by the Meloni government'. But it was the judiciary and not the government that decided that only biological mothers can appear on birth certificates. In order for the law to recognise sexual difference in procreation, it is necessary for homosexual women to break the front with wealthy gay males who resort to surrogacy: homogeny is just ideology
We have been following closely and sisterly the story of Kathleen Stock, gender critical philosopher, author among others of Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism (Little, Brown Book Group, 2021) and former lecturer at the University of Sussex persecuted by transactivists: we have told her story here. Together with Martina Navratilova and Julie Bindel Stock she recently founded The Lesbian Project with the aim of reaffirming the specificity of lesbian identity. The aim of the project is 'to stop the disappearance of lesbians in the rainbow soup and to give [...]
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26 July 2023
Only happiness
The uterus for rent universal offence is a quasi-law, approved by a large majority in the Chamber. With rare exceptions, the Left voted against (the absence of Schlein and Conte in the Chamber was clamorous). Final approval in the Senate is expected by the end of the year. Finally the result, after so many years of bare-knuckle fighting. Hoping that Italy can become a model for the legislation of other countries in the defence of fundamental human rights
We could give you a summary of the many and very long previous episodes. We could list the threats, the insults, the deplatforming, the doors slammed in our faces, all the times we were mocked, ridiculed and pilloried, the international blacklists that marked us as absolute enemies, as homophobic, retrograde, residual, out of history, reactionary, bigoted, witches, Terf. We could tell you how the huge business of assisted reproduction has opposed us. We could tell you about how the left, women and men, opposed us [...]
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28 June 2023
On the risks of the ROPA method
The technique used by an increasing number of lesbian couples consists of using the oocyte of one to make an embryo that will then be inserted into the womb of the other who will carry the pregnancy. This practice is physically and psychologically dangerous both for the two women and for the child that will be born. This is why
In our recent communiqué Per il vero bene dei bambini (For the true good of the children) we expressed our concern about the increasing use by female couples of the ROPA technique (Recepción de ovocitos de la pareja), i.e. the transfer of the fertilised oocyte of one into the womb of the other who will carry out the gestation. For this stance we have received acclaim, some insults and many requests for information and sources. What does the ROPA method consist of and what are its risks? For the [...]
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4 June 2023
YES TO THE ITALIAN LAW ON THE UTERUS FOR RENT AS A UNIVERSAL CRIME: THE APPEAL OF ALL THE WORLD'S LEADING ABOLITIONIST NETWORKS
CIAMS, STOP SURROGACY NOW, FINRRAGE, LA JAPAN COALITION and other associations. And together with them such eminent figures of international feminism as SYLVIANE AGACINSKI, GENA COREA and PHYLLIS CHESLER. Who together with us are asking the Italian parliamentarians to approve the law that will pass the Chamber of Deputies on 19 June.
Rete per l'Inviolabilità del Corpo Femminile (Network for the Inviolability of the Female Body), Radfem Italia, and FINAARGIT (International Feminist Network Against Artificial Reproduction, Gender Ideology and Transhumanism) have always shared the goal of the universal abolition of the surrogate motherhood. Together we support the bill on surrogacy that will be debated in the Chamber of Deputies next 19 June, which extends the punishability of the practice even if it is carried out in a foreign country and which is a decisive step forward in the direction of universal abolition, offering -if approved- a model for other legislations [...].
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12 April 2022
Towards the abolition of surrogacy: an anthology and a debate
CIAMS publishes a multi-voice book against the uterus for rent and discusses it in an open webinar. In the meantime, in Italy, which is preparing to "welcome" the Fiera dell'Utero in Affitto (in Milan on 21-22 May), two bills are already being discussed that would extend the punishability of the practice even when carried out abroad. And a popular initiative bill is on the way
While in Italy we are preparing to "welcome" the Fair of the surrogate motherhood, scheduled for 21-22 May in a place still unknown - we will know only at the last minute - and in addition to the two bills already under discussion in the Commission of Justice of the Chamber of Deputies, proposals that call for the punishment of "surrogate motherhood even if carried out abroad, is preparing a draft law of popular initiative with a collection of signatures for a definitive stop to the practice - we will soon give details - next 28 April [...]
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24 February 2022
Womb for rent fair in Milan: open letter to Mayor Sala
Scheduled for 21-22 May, the event will re-launch the GPA business after a slowdown due to the pandemic. But in Italy, advertising the buying and selling of children is a crime. We therefore call on the Mayor, the Council and the City Council to alert the police and to take any initiative against this blatant violation of the law.
To the Mayor of Milan Beppe Sala To the City Council We have learned that on 21-22 May Un Sogno Chiamato Bebè (A Dream Called Baby) will be held in Milan at the Spazio Antologico-East End Studios in via Mecenate 84. The fair is organised by the same promoters of the "salon", which has already been held in Paris, Cologne, Munich and Berlin, and is coming to Italy for the first time (see here and here). The aim is to relaunch a business, that of buying and selling children, a "sector" which at the moment is [...]
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11 December 2021
Open letter to the Mayor of Milan and his Council: why the 'two fathers' should not be transcribed
The transcription of the birth certificates of children born from a surrogate motherhood circumvents the ban on the practice, gives precedence to a private interest - based on a commercial contract - over the public interest, and authorises the father to blatantly lie about the filiationis status - if a mother did so she would be prosecuted for forgery. Are we therefore unequal before the law in violation of Article 3 of the Constitution?
IN RESPECT OF THE RECENT JUDGMENTS OF THE COURT OF MILAN INJUDGING THE TRANSCRIPTION OF BIRTH ACTS CARRIED OUT ABROAD CONCERNING CHILDREN BORN FROM RENTAL UTERUS BY WILL OF COUPLES OF MEN TO THE MAYOR OF MILAN BEPPE SALA TO THE COUNCIL OF MILAN and p.c. TO ELENA LATTUADA, DELEGATE FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES OF THE MAYOR TO ELENA LATTUADA, DELEGATE FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES OF THE MAYOR WHEREAS recourse to surrogacy is a crime almost all over the world: in fact, the practice is admitted only in about twenty countries [...].
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14 November 2021
Luna and the 'mother' buyer who didn't want her
There was no attachment between the 'commissioning' woman and the child born from a surrogate mother. Out of "envious" rivalry towards the mother who gave birth to her. And because if you buy a child as a thing, you can always discard it. This case is just the tip of the iceberg of the complex relational dynamics that are triggered when you resort to this practice. And it is always the children who pay the highest price.
Luna, born through a surrogate mother, is a perfectly healthy child. The 'intended parents' (as the surrogate parents are usually called) usually have second thoughts when the child is born with a handicap. A few years ago there was the famous case of Gammy, suffering from Down's syndrome and a heart malformation, who was born to a Thai 'surrogate mother'. The Australian commissioners only took back the 'perfect product', a healthy twin, discarding the defective little brother. Despite financial difficulties (otherwise she would not have lent [...]
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10 September 2021
Adoption Buttigieg? Almost certainly it is uterus for rent
First of all, they are twins: and twin births are rare. Even rarer are adoptable twins. According to Jennifer Lahl, founder of Stop Surrogacy Now, the American politician and her husband have resorted to surrogacy, a fact about which ambiguity is maintained. A choice from which many questions arise
A few days ago, the photo you see here went around the world: Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten Glezman Buttigieg posing with two newborns, with headlines such as: "We welcome our twins". (see here). The articles report the couple's statements on social media in the light tone of a feel-good story. Statements that are intentionally unclear about how the twins, a boy and a girl, 'arrived'. Although the couple had previously spoken [...]
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2 July 2021
Dying of surrogacy, leaving their children orphans
How many surrogate mothers lose their lives because of gestation 'for others' - riskier than a spontaneous pregnancy? We don't know, those deaths are not traced and are often covered up so as not to disturb Big Fertility's business. And the children of those women are left without their mothers.
By Jennifer Lahl* I was out of town over Memorial Day weekend when I saw a GoFundMe notice posted on Instagram informing me that another surrogate mother had died in the United States. GoFundMe was created by Ashlee Hammonds , the head of Family Makers Surrogacy, an Atlanta-based agency. Hammonds is trying to raise money for the children left alone - the woman's children, ed - because their mother has died and can no longer provide for them. She is asking for privacy for the family and not [...]
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