Matthew Eppinette, CBC Executive Director

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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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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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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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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This Week in Bioethics #105

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1. Paul Ramsey Institute Consultation & Paul Ramsey Award Dinner This year’s Paul Ramsey Award Dinner is in the books! We are deeply grateful for all who attended and only wish that more of our friends and supporters could have joined in the festivities. Be sure to check out the recap and photos on our […]

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The 2018 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner

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This year’s Paul Ramsey Award Dinner is in the books! What a terrific time we had!! People began gathering around 5:30 in the evening, and we enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones during the Reception Hour. Soon, though, the chimes were rung and we moved to the Ballroom for dinner. Bailey Sanford, a […]

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This Week in Bioethics #104

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Lagniappe: We were joined by Mac, the official Westie of The CBC, for #NationalPuppyDay 1. Paul Ramsey Award Dinner 2. NJ Senate to Vote on Surrogacy: S482 SaSca (2R) Authorizes certain gestational carrier agreements. 3. National Down Syndrome Day 4. Man Paid $171,000 to Become a Father 5. Artificial Wombs National Post, Matthew’s article from […]

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This Week in Bioethics #103

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1. Pregnancy Outcomes for Surrogate Pregnancies are Significantly Different A recent journal article highlights a number of crucial differences between surrogate pregnancies and non-surrogate pregnancies.  2. Storage Issues at Fertility Clinics Two fertility clinics suffered failures in their frozen storage tanks last week. Reports by NBC, the Washington Post, and People magazine.   3. Romanticizing Double […]

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This Week in Bioethics #102

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1. Welcome to GATTACA The United Arab Emirates’ Khaleej Times reports on the near future of reproductive technologies. Genetic engineering of the embryo could mean that people will soon be able to produce ‘super babies.’ “People can start modifying embryos, for example, activating certain genes and replacing others or like removing all defective genes that […]

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