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Chicago gun and gang violence kills 6 wounds 62 over the weekend

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Six people died and 62 are wounded as a result of gun violence this weekend. Out of those wounded, 11 are under the age of 18. Of those killed, two were under the age of 16, according to CBS Chicago.

Young Victims of Gun Violence

First, at 10:30 AM Saturday, a witness found a 12-year-old boy unresponsive in the street. His mother, Fallon Harris shot him twice, once in the head. Prosecutors charged her with first degree murder. Harris claimed she shot him because he would not give her an SD card she reportedly lost.

Then, on Saturday night, about twenty minutes to 10 PM, a drive-by gunman committed a mass shooting. As a result, one woman died and five received injuries. Among the injured was a 15-year-old girl.

Next, at 1:45 PM Sunday afternoon, a boy saw a white Jeep Wrangler while riding his bike. He must have recognized the car, because upon seeing it he immediately dropped his bike and ran from the scene. But he was shot in his leg anyway. He’s in good condition.

Finally, the last shooting of the weekend happened at 12:25 AM Monday. Another 16-year-old boy was walking his dog when he was shot. A gunman drove by in his car, pulled over, and got out of the car to shoot him in the leg. Now, the victim is in good condition. However, police made no arrests for the crime yet.

Chicago Police Respond

Meanwhile, police continued to blame gangs for much of the gun violence. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown gave two press conferences on the subject of gangs last week, one on Monday and another on Friday.

“Gangs are a significant scourge to the safety of our neighborhoods,” Brown tweeted Friday. “And we’re going to use every resource available to take these criminal networks down.”

Currently, there are charges against four gangs, including the Gangster Disciples, Conservative Vice Lords, Traveling Vice Lords and Four Corner Hustlers.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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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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