Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow have today posted a very powerful article by Kajsa Ekis Ekman, a Swedish journalist, writer, and activist. You may recall that I interviewed Kajsa in 2014 about her excellent book Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self.
In this new article, Kajsa reveals surrogacy for what it is, namely, the sale of babies. In addition, she explains why, as a feminist, a Marxist, and a humanist, she opposes the practice she calls womb rental.
The article is available in both English and Spanish, as she originally wrote it as a statement encouraging the Spanish government to legislate against surrogacy—as almost all European countries have done—rather than attempting to regulate surrogacy.
I commend this tremendously powerful article to your careful reading. If you’re not sure how to think about the issue of surrogacy, this will give you much to think about. And if, like me, you are currently working to #StopSurrogacyNow, Kajsa’s writing will both expand and reinforce your arguments.
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- 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.