This week Jennifer is in Washington, D.C., speaking, meeting with allies, and catching up with long-time friends. She took time out from her schedule to sit down with a reporter from The Christian Post to discuss the film we’re currently working on and the larger issue of surrogacy.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
Surrogate pregnancies are often portrayed in popular culture as a noble option for couples who are unable to conceive a child but these arrangements are routinely fraught with all kinds of abuses, says bioethicist and documentary filmmaker Jennifer Lahl.
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In an interview with The Christian Post on Monday, Lahl shared the story of Kelly Martinez from South Dakota who reached out to CBCN after her last surrogate pregnancy went terribly wrong in almost every possible way.
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Martinez’s story was so compelling to Lahl she was moved to retell it by making a documentary film about the harrowing experience.
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Lahl and co-director Matthew Eppinette have now set a stretch goal to hire a professional editor and can still accept contributions since 17 days remain in the campaign. Donors who give $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to become an associate producer for the film.
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“Kelly’s story highlights almost everything you can imagine that is wrong with surrogacy arrangements,” Lahl says.
You can read the full article on The Christian Post’s website (click here).
When we launched the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the film, we — cautiously — tried to raise the minimum amount of money Jennifer and I would need to go to South Dakota (e.g., flights, hotels, rental car, meals, some rental gear we need, transcription fees, etc.).
Thanks(!) to 36 backers, we have raised the money for that.
However, we are continuing to ask people to give to the project because once we get back from South Dakota we will need to hire an editor, purchase further assets for the film and for marketing, and then do the work of releasing, marketing, and distributing the film.
All of this costs money. In fact, editing is the single biggest expense on a film like this at $10,000+.
So, please keep liking, keep sharing, and please keep giving to this important project.
Help us tell Kelly’s story. Help us #StopSurrogacyNow