What’s Current: Surrogacy clinics pressure women to have multiple pregnancies despite health risks

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  • Surrogacy clinics pressure women to have multiple pregnancies for their companies, despite the health risks involved. Surrogate pregnancies are high-risk and can result in complications and death due to the implantation of foreign genetic material, among other factors. CBC News reports: 

“The demand for surrogates in Canada far outweighs the number of women willing to carry a baby for someone else, which can cause women to feel pressured to commit to subsequent pregnancies. And there’s a financial imperative for the agency — every couple the company connects to a surrogate represents thousands of dollars of revenue from consulting fees.”

  • Over 8,000 women have signed up to form a new Women’s Party in South Korea, scheduled to launch on March 8, International Women’s Day. Kim Eun-ju, one of the party’s founders, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation: “Women’s [issues] have been marginalized by other parties and we want to put them at the forefront.”
  • A US grassroots campaign, Stop Taking Our Girls, is organizing to bring attention to the rise of missing Black women and girls in Chicago and prevent disappearances.
  • The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill to ban trans-identifying males from competing in girls’ sports. The law will apply to both public and private schools, including universities.
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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