I just wanted to give you a brief update on our important project, Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story (full details below).

In only one week’s time, we’ve raised nearly half the budget we need to go to South Dakota and continue the work on our film. Two of our supporters have even given $1,000, which earns them an Associate Producer credit in the film!

As I write, we’re at $3,390 pledged of our $6,885 goal by 25 backers.

Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! to all who have given and to all who have shared our Kickstarter campaign! We are very grateful!

We depend on each and every one of you to help us see that this film gets made. We have been fighting tirelessly to oppose bad surrogacy laws advancing in California, New York, and New Jersey.

The world needs to hear Kelly’s story! Please help us tell it.

Take a look at the rewards or give simply because this is for a good cause.

Please give now and share this opportunity with your friends.

Thank you,


We’re working on a new film telling the story of Kelly’s surrogacies. We need to go to South Dakota to film at her home.


Kelly Martinez is a strong, articulate woman with a cautionary story to tell. It is a story the world needs to hear.

Kelly served as a surrogate mother for three different couples, and reached out to us when she was threatened with financial ruin following her last surrogacy. It turns out that each of her surrogacy journeys was fraught in its own way.

Each journey had a price to pay.

Kelly’s story exemplifies everything that is wrong with surrogacy.

Kelly has spoken in New York at our “Trading on the Female Body” gathering, at the United Nations as part of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, and even in Madrid, Spain, to numerous media outlets, to a large crowd attending a film screening, and to many, many members of the Spanish Parliament.

We want for even more people to hear her story, so we are making a feature-length documentary on her.

We need to go to her home in South Dakota to finish filming her, then we need to script, edit, and release the film.

Take a look at the rewards or give simply because this is for a good cause. Please help us tell the world Kelly’s story.

Thank you!



Author Profile

Jennifer Lahl, CBC Founder
Jennifer Lahl, CBC Founder
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.