I’m a huge fan. You have talent that is unbelievable, and you seem lovely, kind, funny, and very witty. I loved you in Carpool Karaoke, and you were brilliant when you auditioned as an Adele impersonator.
Sure, you were caught up in the moment when you called some adoring fans on stage, especially when one got down on his knee and asked his boyfriend to marry him. But seriously, this shows how little most people know about what surrogacy really entails and about what in the end amounts to a serious lack of regard for children who are born through surrogacy.
While we feel all warm and fuzzy about helping others, casting surrogacy in this light is rather dangerous. Countless women and children have been harmed. Serious health risks have been taken, and the collateral damage is still taking its toll.
As a celebrity with the power of influence, please, please get the facts first. People are watching you, listening to you, and taking your lead. Please, use your megaphone to speak for women and children.
With my admiration,
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.