Eggsploitation Nominated for Best Documentary

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture

San Ramon, CA, January 11, 2011 – Eggsploitation has been nominated for Best Documentary in the 2011 California Independent Film Festival Slate Awards. The 13th annual California Independent Film Festival opens January 28, 2011 at the New Rheem Theatre in Moraga, CA, and runs through February 3. Eggsploitation is scheduled to show Tuesday, February 1 at 6:15PM in the Zemrak Theatre.Jennifer Lahl, President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network and writer, director, and producer of Eggsploitation said, “We are thrilled with the news that our film is being considered for such an award, especially because it will draw more attention to the issue of egg donation and the health risks to young women. California is often referred to as the ’reproductive tourist capital of the world‘ and it is fitting that the film will be shown in the California Independent Film Festival.”Eggsploitation profiles three highly educated young women — Calla, Alexandra, and Sindy — who suffered extreme health consequences related to their egg “donation.” Dangerous health complications can occur during the egg donation process as a result of taking high doses of fertility drugs, during the egg retrieval surgery, or both. Their disturbing testimonies about their experience with egg donation are a wake-up call regarding a highly unregulated, multi-billion-dollar industry that jeopardizes the health of young women.The film has received international attention, with sales and showings in more than 12 countries. In addition, Eggsploitation is making a big push on university campuses across the United States, where egg donation ads heavily target young women. This spring, Eggsploitation is scheduled to show at Columbia, Fordham, Yale, and Notre Dame Law Schools, as well as at Loyola-Marymount, Boston College, and many more.For more information about the film and the issue of egg donation, and to view the trailer and clips from the film, visit www.eggsploitation.comAbout The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network: The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBC) was founded with a vision to educate and engage the public on bioethical issues, including stem cell research, reproductive technology, human cloning, and euthanasia. The CBC is actively involved in supporting many states in legislative advocacy and public policy on these issues. The CBC’s first documentary, Lines That Divide, was an official selection in the 2010 California Independent Film Festival.

Media Contact:

Jennifer LahlFounder and PresidentThe Center for Bioethics and Culture1+925.828.9123jennifer.lahl@cbc-network.orgMore Eggsploitation news coverage: “Women at Risk Donating Eggs,” Washington Times, January 9, 2011

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