By Jenny Goldsberry
Various shootings left 35 people injured and six dead in Chicago this weekend. Among the wounded are three teenagers.
At 9 AM Saturday, a gunman shot into a home, hitting a 63-year-old man while he sat on the couch. It’s the latest in a disturbing pattern of gun violence in victims’ homes.
A 19-year-old boy was shoot standing on the street just before 7 PM Saturday. The gunman shot him in the chest, but police do not have any suspects in custody. As a result of his injuries, the boy died.
Later, four people were injured in a mass shooting around 1 AM Sunday. A 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old girl suffered injuries. At the time of the shooting, they stood around a residence.
Then, roughly thirty minutes later, a 14-year-old started an argument with a group of people on the street. As a result, the group stabbed him twice, punched and kicked him before they shot him.
Meanwhile, this weekend was also fallen Officer Ella French’s funeral. The Chicago Police Department Memorial also hosted a “Run to Remember” fallen officers and Gold Star Families.
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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’
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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