This Week in Bioethics

by Christopher White, CBC Director of Research and Education on February 12, 2016

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1. Physician Assisted Suicide Fails to Gain Traction in Colorado After a bill to legalize physician assisted suicide was voted down by a Colorado House Committee and received only tepid support from the Senate Committee, the bill’s champion Roland Halpern of Compassion & Choices, a group dedicated to promoting physician assisted suicide, was forced to […]

Biological Colonialism in Action

by Christopher White, CBC Director of Research and Education on February 10, 2016

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The buying and selling of human eggs is illegal in Australia—but that hasn’t prevented one agency from working around it. ABC News is reporting that Known Egg Donors, a Brisbane based company, recently brought a woman in from South Africa to “donate” her eggs for a local couple. Sadly, this is a familiar tale—those desperate […]

The Physician Becomes a Dying Patient

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A thirty-six year old physician is diagnosed with terminal cancer—and uses his final months of life to teach the world how to both live and die. “What makes human life meaningful?” It’s a question that’s long been pondered by the ancient philosophers, present day psychoanalysts, and just about every single one of us as we […]

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Progressivism and Physician Assisted Suicide

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On Friday, a bill to advance physician assisted suicide in Colorado was approved by the House Judiciary Committee. It now makes its way to the full House for consideration. Leading the charge for the bill was a democratic House member, and all six democratic legislators on the committee voted in favor of the bill. After […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. New Records Set For Reproductive Technology in the United States According to a new report, the U.S. reproductive technology industry is slated to reach over $4 billion by 2020. The largest sector of the market, $1.2 billion, comes from fertility drug revenue. As we’ve long said, infertility has become a booming business in the […]

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Physician Assisted Suicide’s Slippery Slope

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A common argument often heard in the debates over physician assisted suicide is that it will only be used for terminally ill patients. Indeed, in Oregon—the state that first legalized the practice in the United States and has become the model for other legalization attempts—the patient must be deemed to have less than six months […]

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Commercial Surrogacy: A Modern Form of Human Trafficking

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News broke last week of a French woman who is being tried in court for twice defrauding two gay couples by contracting to serve as a surrogate for them—only to then falsely tell them that the children had died during birth and then to go on and sell the children to other couples. By the […]

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Jennifer Lahl’s Family Day Remarks

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As prepared for deliveryItalian translation below I bring you greetings from California the reproductive tourism capital of the world, where Elton John and his partner David Furnish came, not once, but twice to buy their children. They paid women and exploited them for their eggs. They paid women and exploited them for their uteruses. The literally bought […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Belgium Sets New Records for Euthanasia Most countries aim to set new health records by alleviating certain diseases, curing cancers, or improving overall health among their citizens. In Belgium, however, they aim to set records to see how many of their fellow countrymen their medical institutions can kill off. And in 2015, a record […]

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We Won’t Slow Down

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For anyone that follows our work at the CBC, you know we refuse to slow down—there’s too much at stake! That’s why CBC President Jennifer Lahl will be clocking 15,000 air miles over the next week. As we write, she is in Austin for meetings related to stopping the spread of surrogacy in Texas. From […]

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Pain Management–Not Physician Assisted Suicide

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An article just out in Psychiatric Times offers one doctor’s reasoning for opposing physician assisted suicide laws. He is not religious, nor is he socially conservative, as some people are quick to label opponents of physician assisted suicide laws. Instead, he is a psychiatrist and a pain management specialist who believes that an overwhelming majority of […]

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IVF: Clarifications and Caveats

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Earlier this month I wrote about a recent study in the Journal of the American Medicine Association that found that “nearly two-thirds of women undergoing I.V.F. will have a child by the sixth attempt.” In commenting on the story I noted that the New York Times reported on the study with a rather deceiving headline: […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Another Push for Physician Assisted Suicide in Colorado The Colorado state legislature is set to consider a bill on physician assisted suicide at the beginning of next month—one year after a similar bill failed to pass. We’ll monitor this as it makes its way through committee, but once again we see that advocates of […]

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Baby M’s Legacy

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This past Saturday, Judge Birger M. Sween, the judge in the infamous “Baby M” case died at age 86. As many will recall, the Baby M case in New Jersey was the first surrogacy dispute case that captured the nation’s attention and resulted in many of the laws that are still on the books today […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. NJ Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Fails Earlier this week a bill to legalize physician assisted suicide in New Jersey failed due to lack of support in the state senate. While we’re grateful for this victory, we also know that supporters of physician assisted suicide will be eager to pounce again in the very near […]

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Belgian Nursing Home Sued for Refusing to Euthanize Patient

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A Belgian nursing home is being sued by the family of a cancer patient for refusing to euthanize her. Yes, you read that correctly. An institution tasked with providing health care, treatment, and support to the ill and the infirmed is being taken to court for not wanting to perform a procedure that they viewed […]

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CBC Winners and Losers 2015

Winners The European Parliament – In their annual report the European Parliament condemned all forms of surrogacy, stating that surrogacy “undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity.” European leaders are right in saying that this is an urgent human rights matter. Gestational surrogacy […]

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Sperm Donor Conceived Children and the Silent Stories

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This weekend CBS Sunday Morning profiled Todd Whitehurst, a forty-nine year old computer scientist who was meeting four of his sperm donor conceived children for the first time. Whitehurst, who began donating his sperm while an undergraduate at Stanford, is the biological father of 22 known donor children (in addition to two other children from […]

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