A conservative radio station in Florida is banning a company that hires women to act as surrogate mothers from its upcoming women's job fair, but the company says it should be involved because it offers women a way to make good money.
Jeannette Ziobro, who founded the company, Life Through Surrogacy with a partner, Jeff
Kasky, said she was a surrogate mother herself, and other single women become surrogates to supplement their incomes, reports WSNV-TV in Miami.
"There are stay-at-home moms who do it to supplement their income as well, and then they get to stay at home with the kids," she said.
And Kasky said surrogacy is for anyone interested, and worth women looking into.
But the radio station, WFTL of Miami, which is sponsoring the "Resumes and Roses" job fair
, told the couple they only want "traditional employers" at the event.
Kasky said his company wanted to set up a booth or a table to attract women to participate, as a woman carrying a child for a couple is paid anywhere from $25,000 to $35,000.
But WFTL's Steve Lapa said the event is geared toward women getting employment and moving into a career.
"It's everybody from Home Depot to New York Life to Carrabba's Restaurant, thousands and thousands of women getting employment and hopefully moving into a career path that they want," he said. "That's really the goal."
But a surrogacy group isn't that kind of business, Lapa said.
"Our position is really very simple," he said. "Number one: This is a career event. This isn't a one-off, compensation event."
But Kasky accuses the conservative radio station of turning down his business because "Conservatives, generally speaking, still seem to fear women's rights and women's reproductive rights."
Lapa disagreed, though, saying that "everybody is entitled to their position," but "it really isn't a fit with what we are trying to do at this event, and it's really that simple."
However, Kasky said that it seem unfair to refuse a company that will only hire women.
"I think that it's a shame that women who might be interested in doing this service for other people don't get exposed to this sort of thing, in the type of environment where they're actually looking for some type of work," said Kasky.
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