Matthew Eppinette, CBC Executive Director

This Week in Bioethics #98

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1. Join us for Dinner! The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially invites you to The Fourteenth Paul Ramsey Award Dinner on Saturday, March 28 in Diablo, California. We will be honoring Dr. Farr Curlin, recipient of the 2018 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Also joining us […]

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This Week in Bioethics #97

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1. It’s Time to Start Paying Attention to Surrogate Mothers This feels like the kind of thing we’ve been saying for a very long time (see here and here and here, for example). An important article in The Richmond Journal of Law & Technology (The first exclusively online law review) states: In addition to the […]

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Ethics and Burnout

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The New England Journal of Medicine today published a brief piece examining burnout among healthcare providers. Certainly, this is a problem both for patients as well as for healthcare providers who of course require appropriate support in their jobs as well as opportunities for rest and renewal. What struck me in particular about the article […]

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This Week in Bioethics #96

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1. Truth and Spin about Egg “Donation” Dr. Jennifer Schneider, who appears in our film “Eggsploitation,” and who co-authored an important journal article with Jennifer Lahl last year, appears in a CBS San Francisco news report discussing her daughter’s egg “donation.” Beware, though, there is so much wrong with what the doctor at UCSF says […]

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Thank You for this Travel Day

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We had a terrific Paul Ramsey Institute Consultation last weekend. We delved into one of Paul Ramsey’s books to look at several issues as we sought to understand not just where he landed ethically on the issues but to see how and why he came to those conclusions. In addition, we examined carefully the ways […]

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This Week in Bioethics #95

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1. Jennifer in Washington State On Tuesday, Jennifer testified before the Washington State Senate’s Law & Justice Committee. They’re considering SB 6037, The Uniform Parentage Act, which would, among other things, legalize surrogacy in and encourage reproductive tourism to Washington State. In just over two minutes, Jennifer attempted to summarize the full scope of the […]

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Regulation Can Never . . .

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On Tuesday, January 17, 2018, Jennifer Lahl was given only two minutes in front of the Washington State Senate’s Law & Justice Committee to testify about surrogacy. They are considering SB 6037, The Uniform Parentage Act, which would, among other things, legalize surrogacy in and encourage reproductive tourism to Washington State. In just over two […]

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This Week in Bioethics #94

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1. Winners and Losers Jennifer this week published her annual list of winners and losers — those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. Who made which list and why? Also, for the first time, the same person is both a winner and loser. Click […]

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This Week in Bioethics #93

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1. Thank YOU! Thank you so very much to all who donated as part of our end-of-year matching challenge. We are well over our $30,000 matching grant goal, and we are still expecting more checks to arrive in today’s mail. All that we’ve been able to accomplish is because of individuals and foundations who have […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Frozen for 24 Years A woman in Tennessee last month gave birth to a girl who was conceived in October 1992, and placed in frozen storage. This is the only known live birth from an embryo frozen for so long, but as we are always pointing out, good records are not being kept on […]

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Matching Challenge Update December 21

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Thank you to all who have given! We are less than $10,000 away from meeting our 2017 matching challenge!! Every single gift helps, and we are truly grateful for each and every one. As Jennifer wrote a couple of weeks ago, “our work stands out as a beacon of light for human dignity in a […]

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These Weeks in Bioethics

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Last week was a bit of a whirlwind, and TWIB just didn’t get written. But I’m back with Five Items from the past couple of weeks. 1. Simply Put, We Need Your Support As Jennifer wrote in her end-of-year letter, “our work stands out as a beacon of light for human dignity in a time […]

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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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