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Parenthood In Argentina, Status Moves Beyond Reproduction

Argentine law has followed social evolution and now recognizes individuals who formally declare their intention to undertake the duties of parenting as legal parents.

Redefining what it means to be an Argentine family
Redefining what it means to be an Argentine family
Fabiana Quaini and Sergio Pasqualini

BUENOS AIRES The desire to become a parent has replaced blood ties as the defining element of parenthood. Today, the mother or father is one who is committed to being parent, who wants to raise a child, and with a certainty rooted in a prior, freely attained and informed consent and regardless of whether or not the child is a product of his or her own genes. The most important thing nowthe guiding principle — is the desire to have children.

Following an initial, pioneering case with a couple in 2013, surrogate pregnancies have increased in Argentina. Genetic data are no longer a prerequisite in creating juridical links between a person and a child born of the aforementioned technique, but rather the formal consent given by a person or couple.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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