Our #StopSurrogacyNow campaign this week announced a new book by Dr. Renate Klein, an original signer of the #StopSurrogacyNow Statement and long-term women’s health researcher from Australia. She has written extensively on reproductive technologies and feminist theory over the last 30 years. Her book, Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation, will be published in November 2017, and is now available for pre-order.
About the Book
Surrogacy is heavily promoted by the stagnating IVF industry which seeks new markets for women over 40, and gay men who believe they have a ‘right’ to their own children and ‘family foundation’. Pro-surrogacy groups in rich countries such as Australia and Western Europe lobby for the shift to commercial surrogacy. Their capitalist neo-liberal argument is that a well-regulated fertility industry would avoid the exploitative practices of poor countries.
In Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation, Renate Klein details her objections to surrogacy by examining the short- and long-term harms done to the so-called surrogate mothers, egg providers, and the female partner in a heterosexual commissioning couple. The author also looks at the rights of children and compares surrogacy to (forced) adoption practices. She concludes that surrogacy, whether so-called altruistic or commercial, can never be ethical and outlines forms of resistance to Stop Surrogacy Now.
About Renate Klein
Dr. Renate Klein is a long-term women’s health researcher and has written extensively on reproductive technologies and feminist theory over the last 30 years. A biologist and social scientist, she was Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne. She is a co-founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) and an original signatory to Stop Surrogacy Now.
Release Date: November, 2017
Dimensions: 180 x 135 mm
Page Extent: 200
RRP: $19.95, eBook $9.95
Independent Publishers Group
814 N. Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
- 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.