This Week in Bioethics #112

by Matthew Eppinette, CBC Executive Director on May 18, 2018

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1. David vs. Goliath We are very close to finishing our latest film! We have the story nailed down and edited, we’re working on adding in all the b-roll, then we’ll be recording Jennifer’s narration, finalizing the edits, cutting the trailers, developing the full slate of marketing materials, and more. In this film we are […]

Taking on Big Fertility David vs. Goliath Style!

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on May 16, 2018

David and Goliath

Raise your hand if you can’t believe how fast 2018 is flying by! As I write, it’s almost May, nearly halfway through the year—wow how time flies. I’m just back from speaking at Harvard Law School, and the students there were very busy with final papers and end of year exams. Of course, this was […]

This Week in Bioethics #111

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1. Surrogacy and Infant Mental Health Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow this week published an extremely important new article by a Spanish Perinatal Psychiatrist. It outlines a number of ways in which surrogacy affects children. Children born by surrogacy are exposed to a series of factors that can have serious repercussions for their mental and physical […]

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Mommy Deployment: Military Wives as Surrogates

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A Guest Post by K. Blaine, MS, BSN, RN  Editor’s Note: With news that President Trump has signed an executive order encouraging federal agencies to hire more military spouses, this guest post by our friend K. is even more relevant. It helps provide context to the situation in which many military spouses find themselves, a […]

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Celebrate Jennifer!

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Today Jennifer turns 60. She has worked tirelessly since she founded The Center for Bioethics and Culture 18 years ago. It’s not just a matter that the CBC wouldn’t be what it is without her—the CBC would not even exist if not for Jennifer, her idea to launch a bioethics center, and her hard work […]

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This Week in Bioethics #110

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1. Update on New Jersey and New York As I write, we’re waiting to hear whether New Jersey Governor Murphy is going to sign the surrogacy-enabling legislation on his desk. Meanwhile, hearings are scheduled in New York for later this month on a bill seeking to legalize surrogacy in the Empire State. We are keeping […]

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Surrogacy on TV

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The software that runs our website this morning alerted me that an article from the website xtremetechnews.tech had published an article that linked to our issue page on Surrogacy. So of course I clicked through to read the article entitled “‘Roseanne,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Superstore,’ and more Take Baby Steps to Examine Surrogacy on TV.” It […]

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CRISPR Technology

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What is CRISPR? CRISPR/Cas9 (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is a technology that allows for the editing of genes within organisms. It is part of a wider group of technologies that allows scientists to edit genomes, but CRISPR has become the most prominently known because when used in combination with the Cas9 protein, it […]

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This Week in Bioethics #109

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1. Mark Your Calendars And save the date. One year from today — Saturday, April 27, 2019 — will be the next Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. This is the earliest we’ve ever announced the date, but we want to be sure that as many people as possible are able to attend. Let’s pack the place […]

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What Do We Owe Children?

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In working on a writing project yesterday, I came across an issue of the journal Ethics & Medicine from 2014, which had an editorial piece entitled “Shouldn’t Children Want Parents of Their Own?” The article, which was written by former CBC board member C. Ben Mitchell, was sparked by a lecture in which professor Margaret […]

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How Did We Get Here?

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Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow have just published another excellent review of Renate Klein’s terrific little book Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation. The reviewer, University of Texas journalism professor Robert Jensen, writes as a man who embraces radical feminism, and he reads Klein’s book looking to understand how we got here. “How did we get to the […]

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This Week in Bioethics #108

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1. Is Commercial Gestational Surrogacy Coming to New Jersey? New Jersey’s “gestational carrier bill,” a/k/a “rent-a-womb,” which was twice vetoed by Governor Christie, has again passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature. It is waiting on Governor Murphy’s desk for his signature or veto. Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow unpack the situation, explaining why and […]

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Surrogacy: No Laughing Matter

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Surrogacy is no April Fools’ joke. It’s no laughing matter at all. It’s a big business that exploits, uses, abuses, preys on, and commodifies women. It turns children into products to be designed, selected, and purchased, while it profits handsomely. And it is willing to fight like mad to protect its moneyed interests.  On April […]

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This Week in Bioethics #107

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1. A Call to Action We asked Jennifer’s husband Dan to bring a Call to Action at the end of our recent Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. Dan has supported The CBC since it was merely an idea. He highlighted three areas where your financial giving can significantly help the CBC: 1.) The Paul Ramsey Institute, […]

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A Significant, Good Samaritan Difference

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We asked Jennifer’s husband Dan to bring a Call to Action at the end of our recent Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. Dan has supported The Center for Bioethics and Culture since it was merely an idea, and he has had a front-row seat to watch that idea come to fruition and grow to what it […]

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This Week in Bioethics #106

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1. Surrogate Pregnancies are Different Our friend K, a labor and delivery nurse, wrote a summary overview of an important new study that appeared in the journal of Fertility and Sterility. While the study isn’t perfect, it is, as she says, a big deal. The bottom line is that gestational surrogacy pregnancies put both women […]

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Study Finds Surrogate Pregnancies are Different

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Guest Post by K. Blaine, MS, BSN, RN You know how a good song brings back old memories? Well, recently I found myself reading a research article published in Fertility and Sterility—or Fert and Stert, as I lovingly call it—and it brought back old memories of days when I was a young research assistant still […]

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Canada: An Ill-Conceived Bill

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Efforts are underway in Canada to reverse a 2004 law that allows only ‘altruistic’ sperm donation, egg donation, and surrogacy, and that carries criminal penalties for paying anything other than expense reimbursement. Prime Minister Trudeau recently said the issue should be a matter of national conversation, and promised, “Of course we will need to listen […]

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