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Trading on the Female Body

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Jennifer Lahl
for The Center for Bioethics and Culture
 PLEASANT HILL, CA
On Tuesday, March 14, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, we will host two panel discussions in New York City under the heading “Trading on the Female Body.” The first panel is comprised of women who have been harmed by surrogacy and egg donation. The second panel will feature international feminist campaigners against surrogacy. 

This event will take place along side The Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW61) at the United Nations. This is a large gathering of activists, scholars, journalists, and others from around the world who work to address those issues that impact the lives of women and girls. Our work on surrogacy and egg donation is a perfect fit for the audience that will be gathered in New York from March 13 to 24.

While the support of you and others has funded the bulk of the costs for this event, we are adding two speakers, and we need to raise their travel budgets. We are bringing in an egg donor who suffered as a result of her donation, as well as Kelly, a gestational surrogate who recently contacted us for legal advice and moral support.

Adding two speakers means we need to raise an additional $3,000 to cover their travel costs

Kelly has also agreed to sit down and do an on camera interview, and we will be turning her story into our next documentary film. Kelly served as a surrogate for a same-sex couple in France and a heterosexual couple in Spain, and both of these stories had very bad outcomes.

Turning her story into a documentary film will require us to raise an additional $4,500.

Click here to see the flyer for the event, which has more details on this important and timely gathering.

For those who aren’t able to join us in person in New York, we will broadcast the event live on our Facebook page, and we will archive the day’s video on Facebook, YouTube, and our website. One way or another, please plan to join us!

Can you help us meet these additional $7,500 in expenses so that we can make the most of the time that we are in New York?

Please contribute today to help us bring an egg donor and Kelly to New York, and turn Kelly’s story into our next film.
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Update 3
Posted by Jennifer Lahl
1 month ago
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Jennifer Lahl updates on our upcoming trip to and events in New York.

Event:
“Trading on the Female Body”Tuesday, March 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT.
http://www.stopsurrogacynow.com/join-us-live-from-new-york/

Media Advisory: http://www.cbc-network.org/2017/03/feminists-gather-stop-surrogacy-exploitation/
New York Here We Come!
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Update 2
Posted by Jennifer Lahl
1 month ago
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If you're wondering why this issue is so important, I'd encourage you to watch our 2014 documentary on surrogacy, "Breeders: A Subclass of Women?"

About "Breeders: A Subclass of Women?"
Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. But the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one?

I've attached the trailer to this update, and you can watch the film online through Vimeo.

Use the code UNCSW61 for a 61% discount off the Vimeo rental price (usually $5.99, with code UNCSW61 now $2.33, good through March 14, 2017)

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/breeders/83865042
Breeders: A Subclass of Women? trailer
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Update 1
Posted by Jennifer Lahl
1 month ago
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We've added a new video at the top of the campaign giving a bit more detail on the event and its importance.

Direct link to the video: https://youtu.be/PsbhWqYcltk

Here's the flyer that was at the top of the campaign: http://www.stopsurrogacynow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/SSN-Trading-one-page-flyer.pdf

Thank you for your support. Please help us spread the word!
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$620 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 8 people in 2 months
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Created February 21, 2017
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Nick Isel
1 month ago

Very inspiring mission Jennifer, best of luck and safe travels! :)

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Sorry I will be out of town for the event, but I hope it goes well and you continue to get your word out!

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Thank you for standing up for the voiceless!

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Keep up the good work.

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