27 Sep

The Problems With Surrogacy

first_img* First, commercial surrogacy can be exploitative because the contracting parties are not always free and equal. Some surrogates are poor and uneducated. Many come from developing countries. Often enough, the future parents come from wealthy nations, and are wealthy even by the standards of their home country. An intermediary, or ”baby finder”, who seeks to make a profit from the exchange, completes the recipe for exploitation. A poor woman grows attached to the child during gestation. Then, she is intimidated by a profiteer into selling her infant. A fair society would not support and uphold such a transaction.  (average price for US surrogate is $80,000)* Second, by allowing commercial surrogacy, we step closer to commodifying pregnancy, motherhood and babies, leading to a potential change in how we perceive and treat the people involved. Babies and pregnancy are seen by society as sacrosanct. Through commercial surrogacy, they are given a price, and sold and exchanged much like other goods and services. If we allow babies to be bought, why not a two-year-old child? Should we allow babies to be sold at auction?* Thirdly, what about* the rights of the child to have relationships with surrogate parents and vice versa;* who is responsible for surrogate children born with severe disabilities;* what to do when the surrogate mother has multiple birthsAll these remain largely unsettled in ethics and in law.From Miranda Devine (Aust) in 2011The growing trend of surrogate babies for celebrities severely devalues the role of modern parents and their children alike.When Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban announced the surprise birth of their new baby this week, they made special mention of “our gestational carrier”. To have carried a baby in your womb, shared a blood supply, felt its little feet kick against your abdomen, heard its little heart beat, sensed it growing bigger and stronger, while it changes your metabolism, and the way you sleep, breathe and eat, and then to have given birth to a living, breathing human child you have been longing to cuddle is not a trivial act. So to have it described in such clinical, remote terms is insensitive and thoughtless, to say the least.A few of the recent celebrity womb rentals have included Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick – twin girls; Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka – fraternal twins, a girl and boy; and Kelsey Grammer and estranged wife Camille – a boy and a girl. On Christmas Day, just three days before the latest Urban addition, Elton John and his partner David Furnish became “proud fathers” of a baby boy born to a surrogate mother in California, the product of a donor egg from another anonymous woman fertilised with the sperm of one or other of the men.Then there is the story of the Melbourne couple who aborted twin boys, conceived though IVF, because they already have three sons and wanted a daughter instead. The father told the Herald Sun it was “our right” to decide the gender of their future child.The Wall Street Journal last month ran a story about the new global industry of baby manufacturing, with baby “concierges” co-ordinating the coming together of egg, sperm, womb and parents from all corners of the earth. One of the most affordable packages featured was the “India bundle” from PlanetHospital, which gets you “one egg donor, four embryo transfers into four separate surrogate mothers, room and board for the surrogate, and a car and driver for the parents-to-be when they travel to India to pick up the baby.” Planet Hospital also specialises in “surrogaycy” for same-sex couples but doesn’t really seem to care much who the parents are. Chief executive Rudy Rupak told the Journal: “Our ethics are agnostic . . . How do you prevent a paedophile from having a baby? If they’re a paedophile then I will leave that to the US Government to decide, not me.”Are women easy-bake ovens?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-marquardt/surrogate-motherhood-_b_2024435.html Women in India are being used as cheap surrogates for western couples, straight or gay, in some cases housed and monitored in dormitories and delivered by caesarean section for the convenience of the “commissioning” couple. In the U.S., many surrogates are military wives, supplementing their husband’s low pay by renting their wombs, with labor and delivery costs paid for by the U.S. taxpayer. Donated eggs are often involved in these cases. In addition to the identity issues such complex forms of parentage force upon the children, egg donation is a risky business, luring mostly college-aged women into rounds of hormone shots and surgical extractions that are a documented risk to their own health.last_img read more

16 Sep

Robert Braswell out for season with leg injuries, Syracuse announces

first_imgSophomore forward Robert Braswell’s shin pain will sideline him for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, Syracuse men’s basketball announced via Twitter on Sunday afternoon.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBraswell appeared in seven games this season and averaged 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds. He last played against Niagara on Dec. 28, scoring six points on two 3-pointers. Last year, he appeared in 12 games and projected in 2019-20 to be a factor in Syracuse’s 3-heavy offense.“He has constant pain and it’s just hard for him to go and the best option is to take some time away and try to get rested, try to do some physical therapy things that would help him,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said after beating Niagara 71-57. “I think he’s got really good potential, but he really can’t go full speed, and I think this would help him if he did take this year off.”The 6-foot-7 forward should be in line for a medical redshirt should he pursue it since he’s on pace to play in less than 30% of the Orange’s games.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 5, 2020 at 5:06 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

13 Aug

Details of Derrick Henry’s contract suggest Titans got a good deal

first_imgHenry is a special home-run hitting power back, but he won’t be given an expanded role as a receiver and is bound to see a fewer early-down touches. Dion Lewis is gone, but rookie Darrynton Evans is a fresher, more explosive change-of-pace type who’ll also bring great pop to the passing game. He’s a potential replacement for Henry should Henry not play up to his deal over the next couple seasons.The Titans needed to take care of Henry in order to keep their running game strong and maintain Tannehill’s efficiency, but they were smart not to overpay him after being too aggressive with Tannehill. That comes down to the quarterback market being inflated and the running back market being capped, especially for backs who aren’t big-time elements in the passing game.Henry would have earned $10.2 million under the tag; now he’s getting significantly more than that per season, as well as more than double that amount in guaranteed money.  For the Titans, who needed to pay a veteran back, that’s a reasonable price, one that reflects Henry’s past and future value to them. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Henry’s new four-year contract is worth $50 million, with more than half, $25.5 million — over essentially the first two seasons — guaranteed. That comes out to $12.5 million per season.’MORE: Cam Newton’s Pats contract looks like Tannehill’s prove-it deal in ’19Christian McCaffrey, who made first-team All-Pro at two positions for his 2019 season, remains the highest-paid running back in the game overall. McCaffrey earlier this year signed a four-year extension with the Panthers worth $64 million, with more than $38 million guaranteed. Last fall, the Cowboys gave Ezekiel Elliott a six-year, $90 million deal with $50 million guaranteed.That puts McCaffrey at $16 million per season and Elliott at $15 million per season, both well ahead of Henry. The surprise, however, comes from the fact the Texans’ David Johnson ($13 million per season) and the Jets’ Le’Veon Bell ($13.125 million) also average more money than Henry, per the deals they signed in 2018 and early 2019, respectively. Johnson ($24.682 million) got less guaranteed money than Henry, but Bell ($27 million), like McCaffrey and Elliott, got more.Before the start of free agency this year, the Titans took care of their new starting QB, Ryan Tannehill, with a four-year, $118 million deal — with $62 million guaranteed and a $29.5 million average annual value. Given that Tannehill was an elite downfield play-action passer who thrived off the power running game last season, it was a no-brainer that Henry would be signed for about the same duration.While keeping Tannehill and Henry together as a tandem, the Titans also got a very good deal on the lifeblood of their offense, for a couple reasons: Henry’s age and his usage.Henry will turn 27 in December, which is on the older side for a fifth-year back. It has been well-documented that workhorses of his ilk tend to wear down around age 30. He will be 29 when the 2023 NFL regular season ends.MADDEN 21: Tracking the top players by position Elliott and McCaffrey are 24. They also started at higher salary points as high first-round draft picks, with Elliott going No. 4 overall in 2016 and McCaffrey going No. 8 overall in 2017. Henry went No. 45 overall, in the second round, in Elliott’s Class of 2016.Henry has one Pro Bowl season to his credit over four years, his breakout 2019 campaign. McCaffrey is coming off two dominant years, including leading the NFL with 2,392 yards from scrimmage last season. Elliott has been a rushing machine since earning first-team All-Pro status as a rookie.As for Johnson and Bell, those are simply bad player-friendly deals. The Cardinals admitted they overpaid for Johnson when they moved his contract in the DeAndre Hopkins trade. The Jets, ever since Adam Gase won his power struggle with former GM Mike Maccagnan, have seemed to regret Maccagnan giving Bell a big free-agent contract  last offseason. Johnson and Bell both are about two years older than Henry, too.Now, let’s look at Henry’s production. He needed a league-high 303 carries last season to gain those 1,540 yards, while also leading the NFL with 16 rushing touchdowns and 102.7 yards rushing per game. But with only 18 receptions for 206 yards, his 2019 scrimmage total was limited to 1,746 yards.McCaffrey had way more. Elliott, after posting 2,001 scrimmage yards in 2018, also edged Henry last year with 1,777. Johnson got paid mainly because he led the league with 373 touches for 2,118 scrimmage yards and 20 TDs in 2016, and despite missing most of the 2017 season. Bell was coming off two massive scrimmage seasons with the Steelers (1,884 and 1,946 yards) and fully rested during the 2018 season before the Jets signed him.Bell didn’t have a great first season with the Jets because of a big dropoff in carries and bad run blocking, but he still managed 66 catches for 461 yards. Consider that in four seasons with the Titans, Henry has just 57 total catches for 578 yards. Derrick Henry got his lucrative long-term contract extension with the Titans before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline and four months after being franchise-tagged. Henry, who led the NFL with 1,540 yards rushing and helped lead Tennessee to the AFC championship game last season, agreed to a four-deal, per multiple reports.While it’s not surprising that the Titans, with a run-heavy offense, locked up Henry though the 2023 season, it may be shocking to some that Henry “settled” for being the league’s fifth highest-paid feature back in terms of average annual salary.last_img read more

13 Aug

Ask the Mayor January 9, 2019 — Clear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb

first_imgClear Lake’s mayor Nelson Crabb was our guest on “Ask the Mayor” on January 9, 2019. Listen back or download the program via the audio player below.last_img