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Shooting kills one man, wounds another in Southeast DC



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By Jenny Goldsberry

A gunman shot two men early Monday morning on Burbank Street in Washington, D.C.. One man died of his wounds at the scene. The other is receiving treatment.

This is the latest of a string of shootings at the nation’s capital. Earlier this month, a drive-by shooter wounded five people and killed a six-year-old girl on a scooter. Then, attendees of a Nationals baseball game the very next day heard gun shots outside the stadium during the sixth inning. That shooting killed three people and officials postponed the game. Next, only a couple days afterward, a gunman shot two men on 14th street. Both survived their wounds, but the sound spurred pandemonium on the street.

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After the Monday morning shooting, DC Police tweeted that they are investigating two additional, unrelated shootings that happened the same day. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Friday that she has “head the calls from residents in our communities most impacted by gun violence: They want to see a strong, sustained police presence.” Bowser directed the police department to use “any overtime necessary,” but admitted that it’s not a permanent solution.

In response, the DC Police Union praised Bowser for “setting the right tone.” They supported her in discouraging too much police overtime. Instead of burning out their current police force, they “The use of overtime is not an ideal solution and a better solution would be to fully staff their police force,” Bowser said in a statement.

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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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