India’s Infertility Business

by Christopher White, CBC Director of Research and Education on July 27, 2015

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It’s no secret that India has long been a wild and unregulated market for international surrogacy. Western couples that can’t afford the six figure price tag of a surrogate in their own country will often look to the developing world where the practice can be carried out for only a fraction of the cost at […]

This Week in Bioethics

by Christopher White, CBC Director of Research and Education on July 24, 2015

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1. Another International Surrogacy Arrangement Goes Awry Reuters is reporting that a Thai surrogate has changed her mind and is refusing to release the child she carried for a gay couple in the United States. The couple is claiming that the conflict is now “destroying” their lives. Stories like this are making their ways into […]

New Documentary Exposes the Exploitation of Another Egg “Donor”

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Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture, producers of the award-winning Eggsploitation (2010, 2013), Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), and Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (2014), announce the release of their new documentary short, Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story. Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story follows one woman’s journey of learning about “helping” others have a child they desperately […]

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U.S. Senate Bill Could Expand the Market for Third Party Reproduction

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will consider S.B. 469, a bill intended “to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their spouses or partners, and for other purposes.” While […]

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Maggie’s Story Now Available for Pre-Order

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We are very pleased to announce that our newest film, Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story, is now available for pre-order! Pre-order pricing is only 99¢, so order ASAP. This price is only available for pre-orders. It will go up as soon as the film is released (on Wednesday, July 22), so order now. “Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story” follows […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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Mitochondrial Disease Research Makes Progress Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported on the fact that two new experiments—one using cell reprogramming and the other using cloning—have led to progress against mitochondrial disease. While we encourage ethically informed research that could reduce or eliminate the disease, we oppose any type of experimentation that will […]

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First Full Trailer: Maggie’s Story

Our new documentary short explores one woman’s journey through egg donation . . . and its consequences… For more see http://www.cbc-network.org/maggie/

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Voluntary Euthanasia Not Limited to Terminally Ill

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A chilling article appeared earlier this week in the Sydney Morning Herald chronicling the death of a twenty-six year old man who took his own life utilizing voluntary euthanasia—despite the fact that he was not terminally ill. It was only three years after his death when his mother discovered that her son was a member […]

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D.C. No Suicide Coalition Speaks Out Against Physician Assisted Suicide

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On Friday, members of the No DC Suicide Coalition testified against a bill that would legalize physician assisted suicide in our nation’s capital. The Center for Bioethics and Culture is a proud member of the coalition, and our board member Elaine Petty, a D.C. resident and registered nurse, testified against the bill. The hearing was sponsored […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Embryo Selection on the Rise It’s been a big week for embryo-selection technology. Earlier this week the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlighted a new technology, EmbryoScope, that is both an incubator for embryos as well as a camera that takes photos of the embryos to monitor their development. As I mentioned earlier this week, 60 Minutes highlighted the […]

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First Look: Maggie’s Story

Here’s the first trailer for our new film, Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story. It’s a new documentary short that explores one woman’s journey through egg donation . . . and its consequences.  For more on the topic of egg donation, see our white paper on the subject and our feature-length documentary Eggsploitation: The Infertility Industry has […]

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Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Dies in California

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Proponents of the Hippocratic Oath have much to celebrate with the death of California’s physician assisted suicide bill, which failed to make it out of committee yesterday. We’ve followed this bill closely over the past year, and CBC board member Dr. Aaron Kheriaty has been one of its most vocal opponents. As Democratic Assemblyman Freddie […]

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Breeding Out Disease (Or Gender)

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Last night 60 Minutes aired an episode highlighting the rise of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), where doctors screen an embryo to test for genetic mutations that may lead to eventual diseases. Advocates of this technology laud that fact that it could be used to test for and prevent muscular dystrophy, breast cancer, and even Alzheimer’s. […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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One week ago today the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states. The push for “marriage equality” has now resulted in demands for “family equality.” In this special edition of This Week in Bioethics, we alert you to the top five things you need to know about the movement for “Family […]

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“Family Equality” Exploits Women as Breeders

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Dear Friend of the CBC, On Monday, I alerted you to the fact that law professor Douglas NeJaime believes that marriage equality must yield “family equality,” thanks to Justice Kennedy. On Tuesday and Wednesday, I warned that this would lead to the exploitation of women’s bodies through egg donation, and would have serious harms for […]

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“Family Equality” Means Children Lose Biological Ties

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Dear Friend of the CBC: Over the past two days we’ve tried to paint a picture of the brave new world of “family equality” that folks like Justice Kennedy and law professor Douglas NeJaime envision for our future. Well, we’re not quite done yet—because the world that they are crusading for will result in some […]

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“Family Equality” Requires Eggsploitation

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Dear Friend of the CBC: Yesterday we reported on an article in the Los Angeles Times calling for “family equality” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in all fifty states. Among the many egregious omissions in the article are the harms to women who agree to serve as egg donors […]

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What Justice Kennedy Failed to Mention

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Dear Friend of the CBC: Just a few hours after Friday’s decision from the Supreme Court allowing for same-sex marriage in all fifty states, an article in the Los Angeles Times lamented that “marriage equality doesn’t immediately or necessarily erase cultural and legal attachments to biological, dual-gender parenting.” Translation: those of us concerned with assisted […]

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