Description - Broken Bonds: Surrogate Mothers Speak Out by Jennifer Lahl
Around the world thousands of couples and singles procure babies through surrogacy arrangements. Many people see surrogacy as driven by compassion for those who desire a baby. But where is the compassion for the 'surrogate' mothers and their babies? Who are the faceless, nameless women who grow the babies in their bodies and give birth to them? Women who are left with empty arms and leaking breasts after delivery? The surrogacy industry calls them special angels who make miracles possible, giving an extraordinary gift. IVF clinics call them gestational surrogates. The intended parents have promised healthcare, full reimbursement of costs, extra income and ongoing contact with the baby. What could possibly go wrong? Everything. Because surrogacy violates the human rights of the women whose bodies are used, and the rights of children who are traded as commodities. Because it is a fundamentally flawed and misogynist concept to imagine that women are interchangeable. And it is wishful thinking that regulation can fix this. All surrogacy needs to be stopped. In this book, strong and courageous women from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, India, Romania, Hungary, Georgia and Russia share their stories of becoming 'surrogate' mothers and egg 'donors'. Their accounts are tragic, shocking, and reveal a profit-driven industry that preys on desperation and womens kindness.
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