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A visit to a baby market in Brussels

Oct 04, 2016

A donor-conceived Belgian woman visits a fair for same-sex couples who want to be dads

Oct. 4, 2016 - Stephanie Raeymaekers

MercatorNet

BRUSSELS -- For the second time around a surrogacy fair organised by the American company Men Having Babies landed on Belgian soil. This time it took place in a slightly more upscale venue. The ground floor at The Brussels Hilton became a stage where 220 potential customers from 12 European countries were welcomed.

Like last year, I was present. Me: the first in our generation to provide adults with a semi-biological child. It was the start of a lucrative business when fertility doctors discovered that the techniques used on a pig farm could also be useful for infertile heterosexual couples.

From the 1950s Belgian wombs were being filled with the sperm of unknown men. Fertility techniques improved and not much later they tapped into new target groups: single women and lesbian couples.

Branding unwanted childlessness as discrimination and injustice, several branches of the LGBT community are lobbying for gay men and transgender women to have biological children of their own.

Last Sunday almost everything was on offer: interpreters, gadgets, price lists, different formulas, the dos and the don’ts… But most of all, straight-to-your-heart-and-into-our-wallet sales pitches from companies which are able to connect anyone directly with eggs, surrogacy agencies and lawyers to make “a dream come true”. Lawyers handed out the metaphorical road map with instructions on how to by-pass laws to get your purchased child(ren) “legally” in your own country.

Towards an ethical framework...

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  • Sunday – Sunday School classes for ages 3-5 and 6-8. The 9-11 class will remain with the adults for Worship Service. The Nursery is available for children aged two and under.
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      • After Worship Service, Marissa will be taking photos downstairs
        for a 2019 Church Calendar. All who regularly attend our church are asked to have their photos taken as soon as possible before November 30.
      • Any adult wishing to participate in any way in the Christmas Program on December 16 is asked to see Rhonda immediately.


      “Eat to Heat” Supper and Bake Sale
      Wednesday, November 21
      4:00-6:30 p.m.
      at the church (eat in or take out)

      Korean food, juice or coffee, dessert for $8.00
      Bottled water $1.00 with take-out

      Advance tickets: see Donna or Joyce
      Tickets also available at the door

      • NEEDED – Someone to deliver our shoebox gifts to a collection centre. The closest one is at Sturgeon Alliance Church, Gibbons. It will be open Monday and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Contact Lauri Froese 780 923 2727, laurifroese@gmail.com
      • Cheryl Hoople is experiencing funding shortages in her ministry in Mexico. On December 2 a special offering for Cheryl will be taken at the end of the service.
      • Those who wish to make a donation to the Cameroon Crisis Relief Fund will find information on the notice board.
      • The December/January/February issue of Our Daily Bread is available at the entry table. Help yourself to a copy.

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