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By Jenny Goldsberry
Gun violence killed four people and wounded 42 in Chicago this weekend. Eleven teenagers were among the wounded according to NBC Chicago.
Sunday was the deadliest night. Three of the fatal shootings happened within 20 minutes on Sunday. From 2:30 AM to 2:50 AM, a man was shot in the face, another man was shot in the chest and back, and another was shot in the chest, arm and shoulder. Police do not have any suspects in custody in relation to either shootings.
Among the teenage victims, five were shot after the hours of 10 PM Friday night in various shootings. A 15 year old and a 19 year old were shot in their car. Then, a 14 year old was shot on his own porch. After that two 16 year olds were shot while walking on the street.
Next, a gunshot wounded a sixth teenager while he was walking on the street just after 10 PM. On Sunday, five more teenagers were hurt in shootings spread from midnight to about 4:30 PM. While none have died, two are in critical condition. One of the two, a 19 year old, even refused to cooperate with police. Another 14-year-old girl refused treatment after a bullet grazed her arm.
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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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