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Over 20 Babies Born to Surrogates in Kyiv Sheltering in Basement, Waiting for Parents

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Dozens of infants are being held in a basement used as a makeshift bomb shelter in the capital of Ukraine. The painful photos published by the Associated Press show “at least 20 babies born to surrogate mothers.”

The babies are motherless. They were all born to surrogate mothers with the intention of eventually making it to their foreign parents around the world; many of them in the United States.

The parents who hired the surrogate mothers are unable to travel to the war torn country and bring their babies home. “Some just a few days old, the infants are well cared for, but even below ground the blasts of occasional shelling can be heard clearly” reports the Associated Press.

The nurses at the center are taking care of the newborns, but they are also stranded in the shelter because it is too dangerous to return to their homes. 51-year-old nurse Lyudmilia Yashchenko said “now we are staying here to preserve our and the babies’ lives.”

Her two sons, ages 22 and 30, are fighting in the war. “We are almost not sleeping at all. We are working round the clock” she said. The Associated Press writes that Ukraine “has a thriving surrogate industry and is one of the few countries that allow the service for foreigners”

The parents for these babies live around the world. Yashchenko said the babies currently in hiding are waiting for parents from Europe, Latin America and China. She also would not say how many parents have been able to come to get their children, how many babies are still waiting for their parents, or how many surrogate women will be going into labor soon.

Yashchenko says plenty of baby supplies and food for the young charges exist currently, but they are waiting out the war, hoping the children can soon be picked up and taken home before they run out of supplies.

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  1. Disgusted

    March 21, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    That is something I do not understand. Do they have a baby making factory there?

  2. Grayfox41

    March 21, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Associated Press – always propaganda.

  3. Smitty

    March 21, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Part of the Keep Ukrnians poor forever movement, Ukraine is also selling the organs of their brave warriors.

  4. Ld

    April 1, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Sounds like criminal baby mill.

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REPORT: China uses psychiatric institutions to suppress dissent

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China has a vast network of psychiatric institutions that it uses to suppress dissent, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. The report compiled data found on 99 victims involved in 144 instances on involuntary hospitalizations in 109 institutions from 2015 through 2021. Of the 99 victims in the report, 80 were petitioners [i.e., those who file complaints against officials] and 14 were activists.

But this is hardly a new phenomenon. “China’s regime has been torturing, maiming, and killing dissidents and others in psychiatric facilities for seven decades,” said Gordon G. Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War. “The only way to end the horrific abuse is to end the rule of the Communist Party.”

The report detailed especially harsh treatments, which include: forced medication (in 77 percent of cases), physical restraints on the bed (60 percent), beatings by staff or other patients (25 percent) and electroshock therapy (14 percent). Otherwise normally healthy people were given anti-psychotic and psychotropic medications, causing severe side effects like memory loss, insomnia and tremors. Electroshock therapy was often administered to the victims as they were fully conscious, rather than under anesthesia in small doses as would be clinically appropriate for certain patients.  According to the report, “[Electroshock therapy] without anesthesia is not only unimaginably painful and frightening for the patient but carries serious side effects, including the risk of bone fractures, joint dislocation, muscle tears, disruption of the heart beat and lung damage.”

Family and friends are often used as weapons against the victims. They were not permitted to call or visit the victims in 76 percent of cases, which essentially makes these cases “enforced disappearances.” 11 percent of cases were committed with the assistance of family (either voluntarily or coerced by authorities). Family and friends who petition for the victim’s release are often faced with persecution, and involuntarily commitment themselves.

The peak of psychiatric detentions occurred from 2015 through 2016, which was around the same time as China’s “709 Crackdown” where the government persecuted hundreds of human rights lawyers.

Some of the detentions are rather draconian. As a petitioner who called for local authorities to investigate a robbery in his house, Zeng Jiping was detained for almost two years. For “live tweeting herself splashing paint over a portrait of Xi Jinping,” Dong Yaoqiong received 1 year, 4 months detention. Twenty-nine out of the 99 victims in the report were hospitalized more than once. In two-thirds of cases where data was known, the authorities did not perform a psychiatric evaluation, in direct violation of China’s Mental Health Law.

The report also gives the example of Andy Li, a member of the “Hong Kong 12” pro-democracy protestors, as falling victim to involuntary detention in Hong Kong’ Siu Lam Psychiatric Center in 2021. The report noted that, as Li’s family didn’t know about his detention, “Li’s cases appears to be a worrying sign that the political abuse of psychiatry practiced on the mainland is now being exported into Hong Kong…”

Those who are finally released from their involuntary committals face lasting physical and phycological pain, and stigma within their communities. People seeking damages for their treatment are often faced with doctors and attorneys who do not want to assist them for fear of retaliation from the government.

Conclusion

According to the report, China is using “peace and health asylums” and other healthcare institutions to “punish and remove activists and petitioners from society without the trouble of going through a trial.” While the report details various Chinese laws that are supposed to protect citizens from such involuntary hospitalizations, in reality Chinese authorities do not abide by these laws and the citizens are not protected. The policy of involuntary hospitalizations show the extent to which the Chinese Communist Party will go to suppress dissent.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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