Another Modern Family Mess

by Christopher White, CBC Director of Research and Education on September 2, 2015

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Since the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing for gay marriage in all fifty states, we’ve spent a lot of time warning you about the new push for the false idea of “family equality.” Proponents of this idea hold that all couples have an equal right to children. Earlier this week, a New York Post columnist […]

Another Celebrity Surrogate Birth Story

by Christopher White, CBC Director of Research and Education on August 31, 2015

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Another day, another celebrity surrogate birth story. The latest is Lucy Liu of Ally McBeal and Charlie’s Angels fame who at age 46 had a child born via gestational surrogate pregnancy. In an article over at Live Science, the news of Liu’s surrogate pregnancy was announced alongside “four reasons why couple’s use surrogacy.” The reasons […]

This Week in Bioethics

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1. Nepal Bans Commercial Surrogacy The Supreme Court of Nepal has banned commercial surrogacy in the country—delivering a win for women and children alike. Some commentators are twisting the news saying it would negatively effect gay couples in Israel who previously relied on Nepal’s surrogacy business. As we have long held, no one—gay, straight, married, […]

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A Summer in Review

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It has been an eventful summer here at the CBC! In May, the International Campaign to Stop Surrogacy Now was launched, and CBC was an original signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now Statement. Stop Surrogacy Now is a truly international movement that has secured the support of an array of prominent international voices—more than 5,000 people from well […]

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Majority of Canadian Doctors Resist Physician Assisted Suicide

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Yesterday, an overwhelming majority of Canadian doctors refused to embrace physician assisted suicide at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). As the CTV reports, “Only 29 per cent of doctors at the Annual General Council Meeting voted to support physician assisted suicide, citing concerns over mental health, young patients, and the lack of […]

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Fertility Treatments Give Birth to Depression

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A new study from the University of Copenhagen found that “women who give birth after receiving fertility treatment are five times more likely to develop depression compared to women who don’t give birth.” While the study does not attempt to answer why these women experience depression, it raises important questions worth considering and adds to the […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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California Legislators Attempt Sly Maneuver to Reintroduce Physician Assisted Suicide On the heels of a California judge refusing to allow for physician assisted suicide in the state, lawmakers have once more reintroduced legislation on the matter—this time in a special session hoping to bypass legislators that oppose the practice. In a sly move, these legislators […]

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“Souls on Ice” and the Surrogate Women Who Would Be Their Mothers

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Through our documentary film work we have told the stories of women harmed from their decision to “donate” their eggs, we’ve interviewed young men and women who are speaking out about their being born of anonymous sperm donation, and we’ve told the stories of surrogate mothers who were treated like Breeders and bonded with the […]

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California Lawmakers Reintroduce Physician Assisted Suicide Legislation

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If you think it’s starting to feel like Groundhog Day, you’re right. Yesterday, lawmakers in California reintroduced a bill that would allow for physician assisted suicide in the state. This comes after the fact that a California court upheld the ban last Friday and the bill failed to make it out of an assembly committee […]

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The Birds and the Bees and Children’s Literature

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When my children were younger we spent a lot of time at our local public library. We went to the weekly story time and the annual fairs, joined the summer reading programs to win prizes for books read, and spent a lot of time sitting on rugs and tiny chairs reading, reading, and reading. It’s […]

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CA Court Upholds Ban on Physician Assisted Suicide

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Last week we alerted you to the fact that a California court would consider the state’s ban on physician assisted suicide. As the state’s attorney general noted in advance of the hearing, “it is for the Legislature, not this court, to grapple with these important policy issues.” Fortunately, the Court agreed. As a CBS News article […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. New Study Evidences that Egg Freezing “Doesn’t Always Work” A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine found a success rate of only 43% of live births for women who freeze their eggs. Fresh eggs yield a success rate that is only slightly higher at 50%. As the high failure rates evidence, the practice of egg […]

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Physician Assisted Suicide Struck Down in New Mexico

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The movement for physician assisted suicide was dealt a lethal blow in New Mexico this week when the state’s Court of Appeals struck down a decision by a lower court that had permitted the practice. This is a victory for patients and physicians alike. As the attorney arguing the case noted, “Suffering patients need compassionate care […]

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Maggie’s Story Needs To Be Told

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A guest post by writer, speaker, and activist Melinda Tankard Reist Maggie, a ten-times egg donor in her early twenties, was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 32. It spread to her liver and bones. To hear her speak of her shame “in admitting that I willingly chose to do something that I thought I was […]

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Biological Colonialism in Nigeria

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In an article that reads more like fiction that it does news, a prominent Nigerian has expressed his support of the practice of surrogacy and his puzzlement over Nigeria’s prohibition of it. According to Reno Omokri, “Every civilized nation accepts and promotes this practice as a humane option for childless couples.” Sadly—though perhaps unsurprisingly—Mr. Omokri […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. China Prohibits Egg Freezing, Encourages Sale of Sperm China has long held a ban on single women freezing their eggs, but now in light of the decision by Juhuasuan, a Chinese company affiliated with Alibaba (the Chinese equivalent to eBay) to begin selling sperm, some Chinese women are pushing back against “reproductive inequalities.” Here at […]

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Who Stood Up For Maggie?

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This is a guest post by H. Rex Greene, M.D. Dr. Greene is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Oncology, and Hospice-Palliative Medicine Maggie’s Story is another cautionary tale of the scientific and ethical gray zone of “assisted reproduction.” In her early twenties, she made ten egg “donations” and received minimal compensation. At age thirty-two she […]

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Modern Family

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As much of our work in recent years has evidenced, the traditional boundaries of family life have expanded, in large part due to reproductive technology. Babymaking has shifted from the bedroom to the laboratory, with reproduction becoming a very technical, planned, contracted action. A news story out this week from Vice evidences this to stunning […]

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