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
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While in Italy we are preparing to 'welcome' the Uterus for Rent Fair, scheduled for 21-22 May at an as yet unknown location - we will only know at the end of the day - and in addition to the 2 bills already under discussion in the Chamber's Justice Commission, proposals which call for 'surrogacy' to be punishable even if carried out abroada new one is being prepared popular initiative bill with collection of signatures for a definitive stop to the practice - we will give you the details soon-.

the next 28 April CIAMS (International Coalition Against Surrogacy) will be presenting the anthology Towards the Abolition of Surrogate Motherhood (editions in English and Spanish): find below the link to participate in the presentation.

In the anthology published by Spinifex, Catherine Lynch describes the "the profound impact of maternal separation on the child... adoptees around the world, no matter how 'perfect' their adoptions and no matter how loving their adoptive parents, have shared similar overwhelming feelings of disconnection, loneliness, loss and anger".. His conclusion: "The immediate impacts of the loss of the mother are no different regardless of whether they are caused by adoption or surrogacy'..

Lynch, adopted daughter, courageously and heartbreakingly reviewed her hospital records immediately after her birth. Her week-long anguish ("slow to feed, doesn't suck well, is restless and screams all night") was recorded but not considered important. In the past, adoptions were considered altruistic because they involved removing children from unwed mothers or dangerous environments. In surrogacy, "people are created expressly for the purpose of being removed".

Renate Klein clearly explains the visible but totally underestimated damage caused by surrogacy. defines the practice as a "violation of the human rights of the birth mother, the egg donor and the child born from it".. The operation reduces women to "breeders, empty vessels"and children to "goods".

In addition mothers risk falling ill and dying, becoming infertile and developing psychiatric illnesses after being separated from their newborns, while egg donors also risk infertility or cancer. Klein proposes the abolition of surrogacy using the "removal of commercial interests'.of the"enlisting gay men in solidarity with the cause"as well as 'changing the terms of the childlessness debate'.

The link to follow the presentation of the anthology, on Saturday 28 April at 3 pm (UK time) you will find it HERE. It is necessary to register in advance.

To order the book, the link instead is HERE

Marina Terragni


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