Podcast: "Surrogacy is child trafficking," Kajsa Ekis Ekman, Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Ms Ekman describes herself as “a feminist, a socialist, a humanist, a Marxist and a mother.”  She says that surrogacy and prostitution are two sides of the same coin because they both separate sex and children, and are both supported by the claim that women have a right to do as they wish with their own body.

iStock_75146475_SMALL.jpgShe argues that women are required to give things up in both cases – sexual enjoyment in the case of prostitution, and a child in the case of surrogacy. 

Ms Ekman rejects the claim that surrogacy can be a way to lift women out of poverty because poverty should be ended by addressing inequality, not by exploiting women.  She also rejected altruistic surrogacy on the basis that altruistic surrogacy does not commercialise pregnancy, but functionalises it.

Listen to the podcast here.

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