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The Hague Conference on Private International Law

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NOTE: Yesterday we filed the letter below with The Hague Conference on Private International Law. In addition, we have joined with a number of other organizations to petition the Hague, calling for an end to surrogacy.  24 March 2015 To Whom It May Concern: The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC) is pleased to submit […]

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CBC on the Road: A Report from Paris, France

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This week Jennifer Lahl and I represented the CBC in Paris for the introduction of the French translation of our surrogacy documentary, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (which is also available to watch online). We’re pleased to report that our work and film were greeted with much enthusiasm by the audience of over 600 French […]

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Hands Off Our Ovaries!

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It’s time to resurrect the Hands Off Our Ovaries campaign we launched back in 2006. It was a bipartisan effort that brought together a diverse group of people to counter the push for women to “donate” their eggs for research purposes. Hands Off Our Ovaries (or HOOO as we lovingly called it) was launched during […]

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Paul Ramsey Institute: Apply Now via New Website

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Dear Friend of the CBC: Today we are pleased to officially launch the website for our Paul Ramsey Institute. As many of you know, the life, work, and thought of Paul Ramsey has been essential to The Center for Bioethics and Culture since our founding. As one of the most important ethicists of the 20th […]

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Sex, Lies, and Birth Certificates

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Recently in my state of California, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that, beginning in 2016, will alter birth certificates in a dramatic way. Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) authored Assembly Bill 1951, which amends the California Vital Records Birth Certificate law in order to “modernize” California birth certificates by allowing each parent to self-identify […]

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2014 Has Been A Great Year. 2015 Will Be Even Better, With Your Help

Like almost all non-profit organizations, the end of the calendar year is very important for us financially. We simply could not do the work we do without your generous contributions. Thank you! Below are links to more information on the successes of 2014 and our plans for 2015. You make our work possible   The […]

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Merry Christmas

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During this time of giving, we are so very thankful for all that we've received—support and goodwill from old friends, an influx of new friends we've met in person and online this year, and the knowledge that a growing community of caring people are invested in a truly human future. It is our privilege to […]

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CBC Winners and Losers 2014

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Each year at this time we look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. WINNERS At the top of our list is our hero Kathleen Sloan, who goes where many people don’t dare […]

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An Abundance of Opportunities

With Thanksgiving just passed, and Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, we here at the CBC Network are taking stock and counting the many reasons we’re especially thankful this year. We have an internal cheer that this is a ‘year of abundance’ for us, and we’re grateful for the many, many opportunities we have […]

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There is Much Work Ahead

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What a busy summer we’ve had! Let me share a few top highlights with you. In early July I flew to Billings, Montana, where I was the sole speaker at a worldview conference. I addressed more than 150 people on work of the CBC around the taking, making, and faking of human life. I gave […]

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I Really Need Your Help!

As you have no doubt seen, we have received a lot of media attention for our work and especially for our most recent film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? in the past few weeks. This media coverage has brought several responses. It has brought a number of intense, hateful, and vicious comments directed at me […]

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Egg Freezing: Beating Biology and Buying Time, But at What Cost?

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Egg freezing does not really beat biology. It buys a small chance at giving birth, but at a very high price indeed. A common refrain I hear from women who are thinking about freezing their eggs is, “This is not plan A. It’s my backup plan.” This plan B (or even plan C) may in […]

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Film Puts Surrogacy Under Examination As Legislation Is Debated Nationwide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Producers Of Breeders: A Subclass of Women? to Hold SpecialScreenings In New York City & Washington, D.C. PLEASANT HILL, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBC), producers of the award-winning documentary, Eggsploitation (2010) and Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), announced they will host […]

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Message to Governor Bobby Jindal: Women are Mothers not Breeders

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On April 1 the Louisiana House passed H.B. 187, a gestational surrogacy bill that would provide a legal framework for women to enter into a contract in order to carry, deliver, and surrender a child at birth to an infertile couple. The bill has now passed the Senate and is headed to Governor Bobby Jindal’s […]

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If We Do Nothing, They Will Clone

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Human cloning is here. After years of effort, scientists manufactured human life using the same process that created Dolly the sheep. There is no way around it: The age of human cloning is here—unless we act now to prevent it. Why outlaw human cloning? As the United Nations General Assembly decided in a nearly 3-1 […]

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Paid for Her Silence: The Exploitation of Kylee Gilman

No one should prey upon vulnerable cash-strapped women, recklessly endangering their health and well-being in order to harvest their eggs. Kylee Gilman, a young egg “donor” featured in Eggsploitation, has just settled her civil case against a Canadian fertility doctor and an egg broker agency in Idaho. In the civil case of Kylee Gilman v. […]

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3 Things You Can Do

Two weeks from now, we will be showing Breeders at the Roxie Theater, right in the heart of San Francisco. Jennifer Lahl (director, writer, and producer) and Cameron Shaw (cinematographer) will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. As you already know, we’re used to going into diverse audiences and places to screen […]

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These Issues, This Work…Faithfully, Charitably

As I write, I am in the midst of a season of busy travel, showing our films Breeders and Eggsploitation, speaking about surrogacy and egg donation, attending and speaking at conferences, and meeting with allies and supporters. All this comes on the heels of one of our best Paul Ramsey Award Dinners ever. Dr. William […]

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