A social media advertising company with more than 1 billion video views for companies like Poo Pourri and Squatty Potty just released a new ad for the porn accountability app Covenant Eyes. The new ad—titled “Sick and tired of trying to quit porn? You’re not alone. Try this.”—features a superhero who struggles with a porn addiction and talks about how shame and isolation make porn harder to kick. —K.C.
In a story that exemplifies the confusing reality of expanded marriage laws and assisted reproductive technology, a 61-year-old Nebraska woman gave birth to her biological granddaughter last month. Cecile Eledge served as a gestational surrogate for her son, Matthew Eledge. Eledge and his same-sex spouse, Elliot Dougherty, plan to raise the baby, who was conceived via in vitro fertilization with Eledge’s sperm and an egg from Dougherty’s sister. Cecile Eledge, who had already gone through menopause, offered to carry the baby and was approved as a surrogate after extensive screening. She got pregnant on the first IVF attempt and delivered a baby girl named Uma on March 25 at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
“This story has been widely celebrated because it made the adults happy,” Katy Faust, the founder and director of Them Before Us, a group that advocates for the rights of children in social policies, told me. “But their happiness came at a great cost to the child.”
She said surrogacy always costs children a relationship with the only parent they know on the day of their birth—the surrogate mother.
“All adults—gay or straight, single or married—should recognize children’s right to be known and loved by their mother and father, and order their lives accordingly,” said Faust, who herself was raised in a home with a same-sex relationship. “Justice is never served when the weak are forced to sacrifice for the strong.” —K.C.