Matthew Eppinette, CBC Executive Director

This Week in Bioethics

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1. Latest on the Sherri Shepherd Surrogacy Saga A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that TV personality and actress Sherri Shepherd cannot get out of the surrogacy contract into which she and her former husband entered. The couple split up during the surrogate’s pregnancy, and so Ms. Shepherd sought to get out of her commitment […]

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#GivingTuesday and Matching Challenge UPDATE

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First of all, let me say WOW! Thank you so very much to all who donated as part of #GivingTuesday. We are truly grateful for your support of our work. Thank you, thank you, thank you! While #GivingTuesday is a relatively new phenomenon, this isn’t our first year to participate. However, this was, by far, […]

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Matching Challenge Update

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This is a crucial time of year for us financially. We want to be sure that as we move into the new year we are on a firm financial footing. I’m thankful to report that we have raised $5,368 toward our $30,000 matching challenge. THANK YOU! 2017 has been a year filled with tremendous opportunities, […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Matching Gift Challenge On Monday we announced that some of our very generous donors are matching $30,000 in donations given between now and the end of 2017. The CBC (like most nonprofit organizations) relies heavily on end-of-year giving in order to start the new year on a strong footing. We have already raised $4,023 […]

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Double Your Gift Update

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We announced earlier this week a generous matching challenge where $30,000 in donations given in this month and next will be matched. I’m happy to report that we have already raised $4,023 (which of course means $8,046!)! To those who have already given, we thank you! And to those who will be giving, we thank […]

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Double Your Gift!

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Today we are thankful to be able to announce that some of our very generous donors will be matching $30,000 in donations given in this month and next. For every dollar you give, they will also give a dollar. The CBC (like most nonprofit organizations) relies heavily on end-of-year giving in order to start the […]

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You Shop. Amazon Donates.

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As we approach the holiday gift giving season, did you know you can support The Center for Bioethics and Culture when you shop at Amazon? Use this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3349736 Thank you in advance!   Share Tweet +1 Stumble Share PinShares 0

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. We Won’t Back Down The CBC (like most nonprofit organizations) rely heavily on end-of-year giving in order to start the new year on a strong footing. We’ve had an amazing year, although one not without its difficulties. We’re up against powerful interests that profit handsomely from their exploitative work. We truly need your financial […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. #StopSurrogacyNow Jessica Allen’s surrogacy story picked up even more press this week: Washington Post, BBC, People magazine, Inside Edition, PopSugar, The Independent, LiveScience, Mom.me, and more. You may remember that she was pregnant with a baby for a Chinese couple and with her own child at the same time, and she had to fight […]

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A Case for Abolishing all Forms of Surrogacy

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Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow have picked up and republished an article that tackles head-on the common idea that unpaid or “altruistic” surrogacy may be okay. This is an argument we often hear: it’s really the money that corrupts things, if surrogacy is done without the money or with only reimbursement for actual expenses — not […]

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Consuming Fertility

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The Washington Post recently ran an article outlining a whole range of ways in which the business of fertility is reaching new heights of consumerism as consumers go about consuming more and more fertility products and services. Would-be parents seeking donor eggs and sperm can pick and choose from long checklists of physical and intellectual […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Another Surrogacy Nightmare Yesterday’s New York Post profiled a young California mother who served as a surrogate mother for a Chinese couple. When she saw the twin boys she’d delivered she said, “Wow! They look different.” One of the boys was Chinese, the other was half-white, half African-American, the child of Jessica and her […]

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Surrogacy: Messy and Complicated

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Today’s New York Post profiles Jessica Allen, a young mother from Perris, Calif., who served as a surrogate mother for a Chinese couple. Spoiler alert: this surrogacy case is particularly messy and complicated. Jessica carried and gave birth to twin boys, Mike and Max. Because the delivery was made via C-section, Jessica was not able […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. An Emotional Story, An Absurd Fate Jennifer this week published a closeup look at so-called spare, surplus, or leftover embryos. She begins with a recent embryo custody case in Arizona, and ends by quoting the Catholic encyclical Donum vitae. In between she covers a lot of ground. Well worth your time to read. It […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Egg “Donation” and Its Consequences We were contacted this week by Leah, a young woman who “donated” her eggs this summer. She found us as she researched how to deal with the complications she suffered, and continues to suffer, in the wake of her “donation”. Five days after her egg retrieval, her husband took […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. SCOTUS Declines to Hear Surrogacy Case As far as I know, nothing we’ve posted on social media has ever gotten more reach or engagement that this news. It’s a case we have been involved in and followed from the very beginning. The Federalist’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s denial says it all. [I]f there were […]

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What is Brave New World Really About?

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I’m a huge science fiction fan, and I particularly like works of speculative and dystopian fiction. Some of my favorite, relatively recent books include Oryx and Crake, Snow Crash, and Anathem. Perhaps the most significant dystopian work, however, is Aldous Huxley’s 1932 Brave New World. Indeed, we here at the CBC sometimes use the phrase “Brave […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Update 1 on Melissa Cook’s Surrogacy Case Melissa Cook contacted Jennifer right before Thanksgiving last year with a plea for help. Jennifer vividly remembers the feeling of panic when speaking to Melissa by phone, begging her not to abort the babies she was carrying, telling her that she could NOT be forced to abort […]

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