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Woman seeks to ban surrogacy

Jennifer Lahl is on a crusade to outlaw surrogacy, the process by which women lend their wombs to would-be mothers unable or unwilling to carry children themselves, and to men in same-sex relationships who want families.

“It always strikes me that the children are so absent in the discussions,” Lahl, 56, told ABC News. “It’s all about adults – who wants, who needs, who buys and what I can get.”

In gestational surrogacy, a woman carries a child that is not related to her, conceived through in vitro fertilization and implanted in her womb. The child may or may not be related to one or both of the intended parents.

In her new documentary, “Breeders: A Sub-Class of Women,” Lahl explores the issue of third-party reproduction, focusing on several women whose experiences point to what she sees as flaws in the surrogacy process. She argues that surrogacy has become a baby-buying operation that allows wealthy couples to exploit vulnerable women, often those of lesser means.

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