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Kayleigh McEnany Delivers Emotional RNC Speech, Reveals ‘The Hardest Decision I Ever Had To Make’

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared a part of herself during her speech Wednesday at the Republican National Convention that revealed the hurdles she’s overcome in her life, but ones she’s never let hold her back.

She told of the difficult decision she had to make in her early 20s to have a double mastectomy after testing positive for a genetic mutation that made her chances of getting breast cancer overwhelmingly high. It was also that eight women in her family were diagnosed with cancer that led to her decision to have the preventative procedure.

“For nearly a decade, I was at Moffitt Cancer Center getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. During these visits, I crossed paths with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength, they are American heroes,” McEnany explained.

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“On May 1, 2018, I followed in my mother’s footsteps choosing to get a preventative mastectomy,” she said. “I was scared. The night before I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day, with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer, a decision I now celebrate.”

President Donald Trump, she said, cares for American people going through trials similar to what she went through. And he and Ivanka both called Kayleigh as she was recovering from surgery that day.

“I have a 9-month old daughter. She’s a beautiful, sweet little girl. And I choose to work for this President for her. When I look into my baby’s eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America’s future. A future President Trump will fight for,” McEnany explained.

She concluded, “Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children’s future, was the easiest.”

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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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