Matthew Eppinette, CBC Executive Director

Newly Updated Resource

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I’m really excited to share with you today a great, newly updated resource put together by our summer legal intern Lois. As you probably know from following our work, when it comes to surrogacy, the United States is a patchwork of laws. Some might describe it as a real mess. We’ve been tracking all of […]

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FREE on Amazon Prime!

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I’m pleased to announce that our award-winning film Eggsploitation is now available FREE on Amazon Prime! In fact, all of the films in our third-party reproduction trilogy are now available FREE to Amazon Prime members. This is something we’ve been working on for quite a while, and we are very glad that we can make […]

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Fully Funded . . . And Then Some!

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For those of you who read or watched my Friday "This Week in Bioethics" you know that with 25 hours to go, our Kickstarter project was 101% funded. The project closed on Saturday at noon, and we ended with 102% funding! A total of 89 people gave through Kickstarter, and several others gave offline. And, […]

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This Week in Bioethics #118

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Welcome to This Week in Bioethics #118. Here are five items from the world of bioethics that caught my eye this week, along with a little something extra. 1. 101%! I’m posting this with about 25 hours left in our Kickstarter campaign, and we are very thankful to be fully funded! In fact, we are […]

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This Week in Bioethics #117

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1. Kickstarter Update   Thank you to all those who have given to our Kickstarter campaign. We are encouraged. We are thrilled. Thank you!   As of this writing, we have hit $9,106, 72%, from 72 backers! Thank you! We are grateful for each and every gift. We are so very close to having this […]

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Just $10

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BREAKING: As I finished writing the post below, Jennifer issued the following challenge:   Friend, Can you give $10? As I’m sure you know, we are running a Kickstarter campaign to fund our latest film. The $12,500 we are raising will help us to finish the editing and post-production process, market and distribute the film, […]

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This Week in Bioethics #116

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1. Kickstarter Update   Thank you to all those who have given to our Kickstarter campaign. It has been so encouraging to see so many people giving to our project! We are thrilled. As of this writing, we have just hit $5,961, 47%, from 41 backers! Thank you! We are so very thankful for your […]

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This Week in Bioethics #115

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Normally we feature five stories from the world of bioethics, but this week we have just one story. And it’s a big one. We’re releasing the first teaser trailer for our new film #BigFertility. And we’re running a Kickstarter campaign to push the film across the finish line and out into the world. Here’s our […]

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This Week in Bioethics #114

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1. New Jersey Legalizes Commercial Gestational Surrogacy Sadly, NJ Gov. Murphy has signed into law S482, which authorizes gestational carrier agreements. We’ve been following this bill closely for several months. We know that many, many people worked tirelessly to oppose the bill and to encourage Gov. Murphy to veto it. This is a major disappointment. […]

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This Week in Bioethics #113

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***Watch our live discussion of This Week in Bioethics on Facebook or on YouTube*** 1. Nightmare Surrogacy Experience Toni, a surrogate mother from Iowa, says of her experience: “It’s been a nightmare. It has almost destroyed my family.” Toni first reached out to us about this time last year. This week, she and Jennifer recorded […]

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This Week in Bioethics #112

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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 […]

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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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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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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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