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Health threats surrounding pregnancy are as old as humanity and no woman is immune to or above them. However, some women do have the option of using a gestational surrogate as an option–having another woman carry their baby for them–allowing them to still have a baby and avoid life threatening pregnancy issues. The act is costly, which is why it is not an option for many women and the thought of someone else carrying your child can make some feel uncomfortable.

Unless you have been under a rock then you know Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their third child and second daughter, Chicago West, via surrogate on Monday. Kim opened up to People about her decision to hire a surrogate.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West with their children North West and Saint West

“I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy,” she began. “Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn’t safe for my — or the baby’s — health to carry on my own.”

“After exploring many options, Kanye and I decided to use a gestational carrier,” added Kardashian West, 37, explaining, “Although I have used the term surrogate in the past, a gestational carrier is actually the technical term for a woman who carries a baby that she has no biological relationship to.”

“A traditional surrogate donates her egg, is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm and then carries the baby to term,” she writes. “Since we implanted my fertilized egg in our gestational carrier, our baby is biologically mine and Kanye’s. You can either choose someone that you know or you can go through an agency, like Kanye and I did.”

Kardashian West has been open about her emotional struggles in using a gestational carrier, further expanding on them on her website and comparing the situation to her pregnancies with Saint, 2, and North, 4½.

“Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it’s the easy way out is completely wrong,” she notes.

“People assume it’s better because you don’t have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint.”

“I’m so grateful for modern technology and that this is even possible,” writes Kardashian West. “It’s not for everyone, but I absolutely love my gestational carrierand this was the best experience I’ve ever had. Our gestational carrier gave us the greatest gift one could give.”

…“The connection with our baby came instantly and it’s as if she was with us the whole time,” she adds. “Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl.”

The miracles of modern technology never cease to amaze us. Perhaps one day this will be an option more women can utilize. Congrats again to the Kardashian-West Family!

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[VIDEO] Jussie Smollett Allegedly Staged Attack Over Salary Dispute, Chicago Police Chief BLASTS Him & Confirms Hate Letter was Fake! Jussie’s Mugshot Posted!

Jussie Smollett’s story is getting uglier by the moment. Not only has he been arrested, but his mugshot has been posted and it is alleged he staged the attack over dissatisfaction with his salary on Empire. This, according to police, prompted the orchestration, paying the alleged attackers $3500! Jussie surrendered to the Chicago Police Department earlier this morning, and has since been arrested. His mugshot is now flooding the internet. Chicago Police Chief, Eddie Johnson, in a press conference blasted Smollett, citing the resources and manpower this case has taken from other investigations. He also confirmed the alleged threatening letter Jussie received prior to his alleged attack was fabricated.

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Jussie Smollett’s story is getting uglier by the moment. Not only has he been arrested, but his mugshot has been posted and it is alleged he staged the attack over dissatisfaction with his salary on Empire. This, according to police, prompted the orchestration, paying the alleged attackers $3500! Jussie surrendered to the Chicago Police Department earlier this morning, and has since been arrested. His mugshot is now flooding the internet. Chicago Police Chief, Eddie Johnson, in a press conference blasted Smollett, citing the resources and manpower this case has taken from other investigations. He also confirmed the alleged threatening letter Jussie received prior to his alleged attack was fabricated.

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“Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson said. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve.”

Johnson went on to explain that the two Nigerian brothers hired by Smollett to carry out the hoax told police he hoped the staged attack would be financially beneficial.

“The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” Johnson said.

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He further shared that the Empire star was behind the threatening letter that he had previously received and when that didn’t get the reaction he wanted, Smollett paid $3,500 to Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who he knew through the hit Fox series. Detective Edward Wodnicki then went through the entire timeline, going inside the entire investigation. Smollett will be going in front of a judge at 2:30 p.m. ET.

This is overwhelming. We seriously doubt any police chief would come forward to do a press conference and state all of this so boldly if they did not have a substantial amount of evidence against Jussie. Honestly, this is heartwrenching, disappointing, confusing. Two words–Jussie, why?

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It Begins…Jussie Smollett ARRESTED Following Felony Charge in Alleged Orchestrated Hate Crime Case

It is a dark day indeed for Jussie Smollett, his family, friends, and fans. The Empire actor has now been arrested for the felony charge of filing a false police report which could earn him probation or one to three years of jail time! Jussie has surrendered to the police, and is now being taken into custody!

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It is a dark day indeed for Jussie Smollett, his family, friends, and fans. The Empire actor has now been arrested for the felony charge of filing a false police report which could earn him probation or one to three years of jail time! Jussie has surrendered to the police, and is now being taken into custody!

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More than three weeks after he alleged that he was the victim of a hate crime, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested on suspicion of filing a false report about it, Chicago police said Thursday morning.

The “Empire” star was taken into custody around 5 a.m. CT, police said, ahead of a 1:30 p.m. bail hearing.
Smollett faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming he was attacked by two men, including one who was masked, in the early morning of January 29 in Chicago. He alleged they yelled racist and homophobic slurs, tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance on him.
At the time, police said they were treating the attack against the black and gay actor as a hate crime.
But in the weeks since the alleged attack first made headlines, the narrative has unraveled with several twists, transforming him from a victim to a suspect.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted Wednesday that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office had approved a felony criminal charge of disorderly conduct against Smollett.
It is about to go down. Jussie we hope you are prayed up and “lawyer-ed” up!

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YIKES! Jussie Smollett Charged w/ Felony for Filing A False Police Report, “Empire” Now Contemplates His Suspension!

We really would like to “say it ain’t so,” but apparently it is. It is also official that Jussie Smollett is now being charged with a felony for filing a false police report. In legal jargon, his charge is a Class 4 Felony and if found guilty, he could possibly receive probation or up to 3 years in  jail time.Adding insult to injury, and unsurprisingly, sources close to Fox are stating that Empire is now contemplating suspending him from the series.

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We really would like to “say it ain’t so,” but apparently it is. It is also official that Jussie Smollett is now being charged with a felony for filing a false police report. In legal jargon, his charge is a Class 4 Felony and if found guilty, he could possibly receive probation or up to 3 years in  jail time.Adding insult to injury, and unsurprisingly, sources close to Fox are stating that Empire is now contemplating suspending him from the series.

via ABC Chicago 7

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“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said Wednesday evening.

Smollett is due in court in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said CPD detectives will make contact with Smollett’s legal team to “negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”

Smollett is not in custody at this time. Guglielmi told ABC News police are not actively looking for the actor because “this is not a violent crime,” but said “the longer this goes, the more we have to do what we have to do.”

Guglielmi told ABC News police do not know where Smollett is, and “his attorneys have not shared where he is at this point.”

“I know this can be difficult emotionally, and we hope he doesn’t do anything terrible. We want to make this as diplomatic as possible. In the end, this is only a class 4 felony. He will get through this and we want to make it as easy as possible for him to do it. But again, it is about accountability,” Guglielmi told ABC News.

Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said they have no comment at this time.

Guglielmi said CPD detectives presented evidence before a Cook County grand jury Wednesday.

Smollett’s attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, released a statement, saying, “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

Twentieth Century Fox has released the following statement, even though Deadline reports that producers are trying to figure out how to suspend his character or give him some time off. 

This entire situation can only be described in two words–confusing and debacle! We are not sure how the grand jury he is facing soon will sway, but one thing is for sure is that the public’s trust in Jussie Smollett is now shaken. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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