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9 dead, 45 wounded following various shootings in Chicago this weekend

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So far, nine people are dead and 45 wounded as a result of multiple shootings in Chicago over the weekend. According to the Sun Times Media Wire, five men died in the span of four hours Saturday alone.

On Saturday morning, a 3-year-old boy became one of the wounded. A gunman shot the boy in the back while he was inside his own home. As a result, the boy is being treated in Comer Children’s Hospital. Chicago Police Department hasn’t put anyone in custody for his shooting yet.

Then, on Saturday night another gunman shot a 15-year-old girl. She was standing outside with a group of people around 11:20 PM when someone standing aways off opened fire. He struck another women besides the girl. But both are in good condition.

Next Chicago Police shot 28-year-old Turell Brown Sunday morning. Police were called to the scene because of a reported domestic disturbance. When they arrived, Brown had a knife. As a result of his gunshot wounds, he died.

Now, the Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the shooting.

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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