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Wombs Are Not For Rent: International Campaign hopes to Stop Surrogacy Now


Wombs for rent... Babies for sale if the price is right. It's a trend that's becoming more popular. Usually the customer is wealthy and the woman bearing the newborn is not.  

Stop Surrogacy Now
"Wealthy women are not offering their bodies to be surrogates. It just doesn’t happen.” 

Jennifer Lahl is the President of The Center for Bioethics & Culture. She's also part of the Stop Surrogacy Now Campaign. She has produced three documentaries on surrogacy and its long term effects. 

At its very core, she says, it's an industry that exploits women and puts their health at risk. 

Stop Surrogacy Now
"This whole thing is often seen at the level of adult desires, adult wants and adult needs. With rare consideration of the surrogate woman, who is not even known.”

Fr. Scott Borgman is from the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life. He says life shouldn't be downgraded to a product that can be bought, sold or discarded. 

Pontifical Academy for Life
"You cannot sell yourself or parts of yourself, so the woman’s uterus is not for sale.”

Usually the customer is from a wealthy country and the surrogate from a developing nation. In India it's a booming industry.  It's becoming more popular in Thailand, Nepal and Mexico.  But it's also seen in wealthy nations like the U.S.  

Stop Surrogacy Now
"The United States is second to India as far as providing a market of women being targeted to sell, rent their bodies out in order to have children for wealthy people. Military wives here in the U.S are heavily targeted.”

Then there's also customers who change their mind. If the newborn has a disability or isn't of the preferred gender. 

Pontifical Academy for Life
"People are not products to be bought or sold because people have more money.” 

So far more than 16 organizations from 18 countries have joined in the Stop Surrogacy Now campaign. But it's not just about awareness. The group hopes to promote the cause at the legislative level as well. 

The message they want to get across is that life isn't for sale.