Kenyans Erased for Lucrative Baby Business

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and Director of the Colson Center

Recently, a reporter who went undercover to investigate the growing international commercial surrogacy industry in Kenya found that Kenya has no real laws on the books governing surrogacy. Some would-be parents, including wealthy international couples, fudge the rules to get what they want. In some cases, couples have convinced the surrogate to illegally list their names on the child’s birth certificate – which legally erases the mother from the child’s life, forever.

With one-third of Kenyans living in poverty, and the cost of surrogacy less than a third of what it cost in the United States, the situation is ripe for exploitation, corruption, and violence.

And there is no official count of the number of babies born by surrogacy in Kenya. Every one is born into a tragic situation. Even if it were just one, it’s awful. Neither babies nor poor women are bodies for sale. And every child has a right to their own mother and father.

Copyright 2021 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Two Bad Bills on House Public Health Committee Agenda

The House Public Health Committee has two bad bills on its agenda for Tuesday, March 23: H.B. 1685 and H.B. 1686.

These bad bills by Rep. Michelle Gray (R – Melbourne) and Sen. Breanne Davis (R – Russellville) amend the Arkansas Healthcare Decisions Act and the Arkansas Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act.

The Arkansas Healthcare Decisions Act and the Arkansas Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act govern how Arkansans and their family members make decisions about end-of-life care.

Under H.B. 1685 and H.B. 1686, patients and families might not work directly with physicians when making end-of-life decisions and choices about life-sustaining care.

That could undermine how we treat nursing home residents, the elderly, and the terminally ill.

Arkansas has excellent laws protecting people near the end of life. We don’t need to do anything that might weaken those good laws.

Read H.B 1685 Here.

Read H.B 1686 Here.

Legislation Would Help Pregnant Women Access Substance Abuse Treatment

Rep. Jimmy Gazaway is the lead sponsor of H.B. 1324 giving pregnant women priority access in seeking substance abuse treatment.

Last week Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R – Paragould) filed H.B. 1324.

This good bill helps pregnant women access substance abuse programs in Arkansas.

Substance abuse can cause serious harm to unborn children.

Pregnant women with substance abuse problems may be tempted to seek an abortion rather than risk prosecution for drug use.

H.B. 1324 gives pregnant women priority access when seeking help with substance abuse, and it prevents substance abuse and recovery programs funded by Medicaid from turning a woman away solely because she is pregnant.

This bill helps protect women’s health. It would protect unborn children, and it would address one of the potential contributors to the demand for abortion in Arkansas.

You can read H.B. 1324 by Rep. Gazaway here.