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“Gilmore Girls’” Subtle Critique of Surrogacy

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GUEST POST by Chaney Mullins Spoiler Alert: This piece reveals several details of the four new episodes of Gilmore Girls recently released on Netflix. Gilmore Girls, about single mom Lorelai and her daughter Rory, always stood out as the paramount mother-daughter show, so it always had a lot to say about motherhood. But the Netflix […]

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Did you know? California is the Reproductive Tourist Capital of the World!

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Join us for a Conversation onSurrogacy with Julie Bindel Journalist, Author, Human Rights Campaigner Against the Sexual Abuse of Women Special Bay Area only Event! Friday, November 11 The HUB, 3380 Vincent Rd, Pleasant Hill, California Even if you cannot join us, please help us spread the word — let your friends in the Bay […]

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Writing a Book on Surrogacy

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A New Book on Surrogacy by Melinda Tankard Reist and Jennifer Lahl: Seeking Contributors We are seeking contributions for a new global collection of first-person accounts by women who were surrogate mothers. The book will be edited by Melinda Tankard Reist (Australia) and Jennifer Lahl (US), and will be published by Spinifex Press for release […]

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Some Choices You Don’t Get to Make: What’s Wrong with Me Before You

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I’m just back from watching the controversial new film Me Before You, which opened on Friday, June 3, to modest reviews and much protest from disability rights groups like Not Dead Yet. Both the film’s screenplay and the best-selling book upon which it’s based were written by novelist JoJo Moyes. The film’s main characters are […]

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People, Real Flesh and Blood Persons

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Remarks by Brent Waters, D.Phil. at theThirteenth Annual Paul Ramsey Award DinnerApril 16, 2016 Thank you, Gil, for that kind introduction, and thank you Jennifer and the members of the selection committee. When I learned that I had been selected to receive the Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics, I was both gratified and […]

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. . . for a human future

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We held our Thirteenth Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner on April 16 in Diablo, California. It was a wonderful gathering where we were able to honor the legacy of Paul Ramsey by presenting Dr. Brent Waters with the Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics and by highlighting the work of our Paul Ramsey Institute. […]

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The Great Unaddressed Human Rights Issue of Our Day

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Moments after speaking before a sea of families in Rome about the dangers of commercial surrogacy, an Italian reporter asked why I was being so vocal in a country where it is already illegal. Isn’t that like preaching to the choir, she wondered? While the notion of speaking to hundreds of thousands of people who […]

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Merch Madness

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Jennifer Lahl’s Family Day Remarks

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As prepared for deliveryItalian translation below I bring you greetings from California the reproductive tourism capital of the world, where Elton John and his partner David Furnish came, not once, but twice to buy their children. They paid women and exploited them for their eggs. They paid women and exploited them for their uteruses. The literally bought […]

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Real Life Results Every Day

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Dear Friend, Will it make a difference? It’s the question all of us ask when considering making a significant year-end donation to a cause. Will my money actually help someone in need? The answer is an emphatic and measurable “yes” where the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network is concerned. Because not only do we […]

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Matching Gift Monday

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Today is Matching Gift Monday! Sure, you’ve never heard of it—but as someone who follows our work, you probably know we like to think outside the box and approach our projects with new ideas and creativity. Hence, this new day, Matching Monday! We have received a generous matching gift of $100,000, which means that any […]

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Urgent Alert

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Dear Friend, The future is on the line. And we need your immediate help to make sure it turns out right. That’s not hyperbole. It’s a fact. I’m just back from New York, where I learned that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is about to legalize commercial surrogacy in New York State, and we are […]

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Our Fall is Off and Running

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Dear Friend, Our Fall is off and running! Members of a new cohort of Paul Ramsey Fellows already met in San Francisco to begin the fourth year of our Paul Ramsey Institute. I am so pleased with this new group, which includes students from the University of Chicago, Cornell Medical School, Claremont Graduate University, and […]

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Hidden Stories of Surrogacy

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In the wake of our breaking the story of Brooke, a surrogate in Idaho who died in the late stages of pregnancy, I’ve been contacted by women who served as surrogates and had life-threatening complications. Nancy was a surrogate in Canada who almost died. In her own words, this is her story. I wanted to […]

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4th Year of Paul Ramsey Institute Begins This Week

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Dear Friend, This week we begin our fourth year of our Paul Ramsey Institute as we welcome the second cohort of Ramsey Fellows to San Francisco for our Fall gathering. We’re pleased to announce that our new cohort includes students from the University of Chicago, Cornell Medical School, Claremont University, and New York University, to […]

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Governor Brown Delivers Death Sentence to California

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It is with heavy hearts that we at the CBC report that Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law ABx2 15.  California becomes the fifth state to allow physician assisted suicide after Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont. In his signing message to the California State Assembly, Governor Brown states that he weighed the arguments of […]

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The Rest of the Story

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Dear Friend, This summer the Supreme Court handed down a decision that will forever change the nature of our work at the Center for Bioethics and Culture. Now that same-sex marriage is allowed in all 50 states, the movement for “marriage equality” has shifted to a push for “family equality.” This is a game changer […]

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Outreach Opportunity

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Dear Friend: As we look forward to the beginning of another academic year, no shortage of ink has been spilled to describe the significance of the college years. College is an intense and formative period where friendships are forged, ideas are debated, and for many, long held views are challenged in profound and sometimes life […]

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