Another Way to Support the CBC Network

by Matthew Eppinette, CBC Executive Director

We can probably all agree that the holidays are far too commercialized. At the same time, of course, most of us do make some additional purchases this time of year, even if we don’t pursue every Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to […]

The Future of Reproduction

by Christopher White, CBC Director of Research and Education

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Last week the New America Foundation hosted a conference on “The Future of Reproduction” in Washington, D.C. Despite a few exceptions, the event was pretty much one large cheerleading session in praise of reproductive technology. A few highlights: Dan Kois, co-Host of “Mom and Dad Are Fighting,” Slate’s parenting podcast, offered praise of preimplantation genetic […]

Top Ten Posts (#6) #TBT

by Matthew Eppinette, CBC Executive Director

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As I’m sure you know by now, we’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #6, is an egg donor’s first-person account of her experience. From “Experience of an Anonymous Egg Donor:” I volunteered to harvest eggs for a friend, […]

Paul Ramsey Award Winner

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture

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November 19, 2014, Pleasant Hill, CA — The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network and the Paul Ramsey Award Nominating Committee are pleased to announce John F. Kilner, Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2015 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Dr. Kilner is is the Franklin Forman Chair of Ethics, Professor of Bioethics […]

Father of The Pill, Always the Provocateur

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Carl Djerassi, at 91, is still making predictions about the future of sex, baby making, and abortion. In his usual fashion, he’s making waves. Known mostly for his work developing the oral contraceptive birth control pill in the early 1950s, he’s now predicting that abortions will become obsolete because people will opt for sterilization, making […]

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Top Ten Posts (#7) #TBT

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We’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #7, is an open letter Jennifer Lahl wrote in May of this year urging Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to weigh carefully the ramifications of a surrogacy bill headed to his desk for […]

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The Fallout from Brittany Maynard’s Case Begins

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The New Jersey state assembly is scheduled to vote on a bill today that would allow physician assisted suicide within the state. The bill’s sponsor, John Burzichelli, has publicly said that Brittany Maynard’s death earlier this month has added momentum to the bill. Fortunately, the bill would also have to pass the senate and state […]

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Just the Sort of Contracts the Left Usually Condemns

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Allow me to draw your attention to a recent article from The Week that addresses the issue of surrogacy from a politically left/progressive/liberal perspective. Briefly stated, the argument of “Why the Left Should Oppose Commercial Surrogacy” is one based in principles of economic justice: commercial surrogacy “invariably involves wealthy couples renting poorer women’s bodies.” Leftists […]

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Top Ten Posts (#8) #TBT

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We’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #8, is from May 2012, just after Mitt and Ann Romney welcomed two grandchildren via “gestational surrogacy.” Jennifer Lahl, CBC President, used the occasion as an opportunity to write an introduction to […]

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Mourning Brittany Maynard—and Offering a Better Example

The death of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old terminally ill woman who took her own life on November 1st utilizing Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” law, is not just a personal tragedy, but also one for the institution of medicine at large. The CBC has long been one of the most vocal opponents of physician-assisted suicide, and […]

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The Selfishness of Sperm Donation

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A recent essay in the New York Times tells the story of a lesbian couple in Brooklyn who used the sperm of one of their friends in California to conceive their son. By happenstance, the sperm donor and his wife became pregnant shortly thereafter, and the writer cheerfully claims that it was their Californian friends’ […]

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Top Ten Posts (#9) #TBT

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We’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top 10 all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #9, is the most recently posted of the top 10. Only two months ago, Christopher White, CBC Director of Research and Education, wrote a review of the film The Giver, which quickly […]

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U.S. Borders Open Wide and Encourage Reproductive Tourism

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Last night before heading off to bed I happened to check my email, only to read this unbelievable headline – “Obama Administration Allows Fertility Clinics To Sell US Citizenship.” Boy, did that catch my eye! I’ve just finished reading the Policy Alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security. You can read it here but […]

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Mission to Mars and Existential Threats

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I just finished listening to a fascinating interview with Elon Musk—the founder/co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and several other companies&mdashthat he gave at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department’s 2014 Centennial Symposium. You can listen in here to the full range of issues he discussed, most of which focused on the Symposium theme of […]

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Together We are Making a Difference!

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I’m writing from Washington, D.C., where I traveled to screen our latest film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? The Catholic Information Center on K Street—just blocks away from the White House—hosted a diverse and influential audience, and we enjoyed a lively discussion after the film. Your continued support helps us reach people with our educational […]

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Top Ten Posts (#10) #TBT

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If my calculations are correct, there are 10 Thursdays left in 2014, so this seems like an opportune time to use #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to begin counting down The Top Ten All Time Posts on CBC-Network.org. Each Thursday through the end of the year, then, we’ll be posting one of the most popular items […]

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A Case of Surrogacy’s Gordian Knot

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What a mess. What a God-awful mess the new reproductive technologies in general—and commercial surrogacy, in particular—are making of family life. What a legal, emotional, and moral mess. Case in point: A commercial surrogacy contract was litigated in Tennessee all the way to the state’s Supreme Court—which was forced to sort out the chaos that […]

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Deep Freeze, Deep Issues

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An article earlier this week from NBC News kicked off a storm of coverage of egg freezing. You know something is having a cultural moment when The Onion satirizes it (twice). As the initial article pointed out, Facebook and Apple, as part of their employee benefit packages, are now offering (or soon will be offering) […]

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