This Week in Bioethics

by Christopher White, CBC Director of Research and Education on May 1, 2015

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1. Israel Takes Surrogate Babies from Nepal but Leaves Mothers Behind If you’re looking for evidence that those utilizing surrogacy only view the surrogate mothers as vessels or wombs for rent, look no further than what happened in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake that hit Nepal last week: twenty-six surrogate babies were evacuated to […]

When Child Custody Battles Move to the Lab

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on April 28, 2015

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I have to confess, I hadn’t heard of Sofia Vergara or her ex-fiance, Nick Loeb, until the frozen embryo custody battle broke in the news. For those, like me, who aren’t familiar with these two, Vergara is an actress, mostly known for her role in the TV show Modern Family, and Loeb is a businessman […]

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1. Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos A new study in the journal Protein & Cell confirms that Chinese scientists have engaged in editing the genomes of human embryos—the first time in the history of science. This daring new effort is not only ethically unsound, but dangerous as well. Changes in germline modification are heritable […]

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A “Product of Surrogacy” (Interview Video)

Last weekend we held The Twelfth Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner, and it was a great success. As part of the evening, I interviewed Jessica Kern, a young woman who was born through a commercial surrogacy arrangement and who describes herself as "a product of surrogacy." It was moving and powerful to hear her story, […]

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Photos from the 2015 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner

The 2015 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner was a great success. Below are a few photos from the evening to give you just a taste of the event. Christopher White, our Director of Research and Education, served as emcee for the evening. Paul Ramsey Institute Scholar Dr. Gilbert Meilaender presented the 2015 Paul Ramsey Award for […]

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1. Surrogate Conceived Baby Abandoned in India In what is becoming an increasingly common, though tragic, news headline, another surrogate conceived child has been abandoned by his intended parents. Reports indicate that when an Australian couple found out their surrogate was pregnant with twins, they only wanted to keep the girl and decided to leave […]

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1. Physician Assisted Suicide a No Go in Nevada While the state of Nevada may be used to gambling on a lot of things, lawmakers there have refused to gamble on using the practice of medicine to end to lives of patients. A “Death with Dignity” bill that was being considered in committee was not […]

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Free Speech or Censorship in the Public Square?

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On Saturday, April 11, CBC President Jennifer Lahl is slated to speak on the ethics of third party reproduction at Stanford University’s Anscombe Society’s second annual Facing History conference. She has been invited to speak on the ethics of third party reproduction, which is a fitting part of a discussion on the sexual revolution as […]

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Physicians Aren’t Supposed to Kill their Patients

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With the California legislature currently debating the legalization of physician assisted suicide, it’s significant that today’s Los Angeles Times profiles Dr. Ira Byock, the author of a number of books on end of life issues including Dying Well and The Four Things That Matter Most. In the profile Byock says: Physicians aren’t supposed to kill […]

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1. World’s Largest Sperm Bank Sets Up Camp Next to U.S.’s Second Largest University Cryos, the world’s largest sperm bank, has decided to open up operations next to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the second largest university in the United States—specifically targeting college men on campus. According to a Cryos VP, “Orlando is […]

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Paul Ramsey Institute Applications Due April 3

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Applying for our Paul Ramsey Institute? Don’t forget that the deadline is this Friday, April 3rd!

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1. California Senate Panel Passes Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Advocates for physician assisted suicide in California scored a victory this week when a Senate Panel passed a measure to advance the legislation on to its next phase. Similar legislative initiatives have failed twice before, so here’s to hoping that an eventual third strike is in […]

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The Hague Conference on Private International Law

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NOTE: Yesterday we filed the letter below with The Hague Conference on Private International Law. In addition, we have joined with a number of other organizations to petition the Hague, calling for an end to surrogacy.  24 March 2015 To Whom It May Concern: The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC) is pleased to submit […]

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1. Montana House Passes Bill to Prohibit Physician Assisted Suicide Earlier this week, legislators in Montana passed a bill that would prohibit physician assisted suicide in their state. The bill now moves on for consideration by their state senate. At a time when so many states are considering legislation, it’s heartening to see lawmakers push […]

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UN #CSW59

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Jennifer Lahl is in New York for a week of activities in conjunction with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women #CSW59. While there, she will be showing all three of our films on third-party reproduction (Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, Eggsploitation, and Anonymous Father’s Day), giving a talk on these important issues, […]

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This month marks ten years since the death of Terri Schiavo, the tragic and now infamous case of a government mandated feeding tube removal that resulted in her dehydration and death. Doctors are increasingly engaging in the act of killing—often willfully and sometimes coercively. To mark the ten-year anniversary of Schiavo’s death, we’re focusing This […]

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CBC on the Road: A Report from Paris, France

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This week Jennifer Lahl and I represented the CBC in Paris for the introduction of the French translation of our surrogacy documentary, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (which is also available to watch online). We’re pleased to report that our work and film were greeted with much enthusiasm by the audience of over 600 French […]

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Application Deadline Approaching

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The application deadline to be part of the next cohort of our Paul Ramsey Institute is fast approaching (April 3). If you know of someone who would be a good fit or who might be interested in applying, please encourage them to do so. If you are considering applying, please do so soon. If you […]

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