Tag: surrogacy

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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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29 January 2021
Constitutional Court: a law is needed on the recognition of surrogate children
In a ruling handed down yesterday, the Constitutional Court has called on Italy's parliament to legislate on the issue of the recognition of children born through surrogacy, stating that "without prejudice to the prohibition of surrogacy as a criminal offence, the current legal framework does not ensure full protection of the interests of the child born through this technique": this was announced by the Court's press office ahead of the filing. In short: the order -the No. 8325 / 2020- of the Court of Cassation had put to the Court [...].
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