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BREAKING: White House press pool heading to Walter Reed for POTUS update

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It looks like the White House press pool has been summoned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The press pool left in a van shortly after 10:00 a.m. and is expected to receive an update from President Donald Trump’s physicians on his recovery from COVID-19.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Monday on Fox News that the administration is “optimistic” President Trump will be able to return to the White House Monday. The president spent several days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center being treated for COVID-19. Meadows pointed out that Trump’s overall health has improved overnight. He said the president is ready to get back “to a normal working schedule.”

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From the notice to report:

From: Hunter Walker

Date: October 5, 2020 at 10:06:29 AM EDT
Subject: In Town Pool Report #2 – Going to Walter Reed


The pool is loaded into press vans for a drive to Walter Reed. We rolled out at 10:05 am. —
Hunter Walker
White House Correspondent
Yahoo News

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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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