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The Birds and the Bees and Children’s Literature

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When my children were younger we spent a lot of time at our local public library. We went to the weekly story time and the annual fairs, joined the summer reading programs to win prizes for books read, and spent a lot of time sitting on rugs and tiny chairs reading, reading, and reading. It’s […]

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Surrogacy and Same-Sex Marriage: A Tale of Two Countries

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As skeptics in Ireland feared and the naïve in the United States are now realizing, “marriage equality” inevitably leads to the push for “family equality” through third-party reproduction. Just days before Irish citizens voted in favor of same-sex marriage in May, a headline in the Independent warned: “surrogacy fears could sink ‘Yes’ campaign.” During the […]

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New Documentary Exposes the Exploitation of Another Egg “Donor”

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Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture, producers of the award-winning Eggsploitation (2010, 2013), Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), and Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (2014), announce the release of their new documentary short, Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story. Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story follows one woman’s journey of learning about “helping” others have a child they desperately […]

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“Family Equality” Exploits Women as Breeders

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Dear Friend of the CBC, On Monday, I alerted you to the fact that law professor Douglas NeJaime believes that marriage equality must yield “family equality,” thanks to Justice Kennedy. On Tuesday and Wednesday, I warned that this would lead to the exploitation of women’s bodies through egg donation, and would have serious harms for […]

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“Family Equality” Means Children Lose Biological Ties

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Dear Friend of the CBC: Over the past two days we’ve tried to paint a picture of the brave new world of “family equality” that folks like Justice Kennedy and law professor Douglas NeJaime envision for our future. Well, we’re not quite done yet—because the world that they are crusading for will result in some […]

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“Family Equality” Requires Eggsploitation

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Dear Friend of the CBC: Yesterday we reported on an article in the Los Angeles Times calling for “family equality” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in all fifty states. Among the many egregious omissions in the article are the harms to women who agree to serve as egg donors […]

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What Justice Kennedy Failed to Mention

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Dear Friend of the CBC: Just a few hours after Friday’s decision from the Supreme Court allowing for same-sex marriage in all fifty states, an article in the Los Angeles Times lamented that “marriage equality doesn’t immediately or necessarily erase cultural and legal attachments to biological, dual-gender parenting.” Translation: those of us concerned with assisted […]

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Give Cindy Back Her Babies – An Update

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I first wrote about Cindy Close and her custody battle for her children in 2012. Cindy’s story is also featured in our film Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, and I have been following her case since the beginning, waiting for justice to be served. A brief recap: Cindy and Marvin McMurrey III were long-time friends […]

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Good News, Bad News

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I’m writing with good news and bad news. First, the good news: we have been surveying audiences who have watched Eggsploitation for several years now. The data show that overwhelmingly, before watching Eggsploitation, people are largely favorable to the practice although unfamiliar with the process of egg donation. But after watching Eggsploitation, people feel better […]

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Stop Surrogacy Now Launches

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Media Contact: media@stopsurrogacynow.com We are Part of A Worldwide Coalition to End Surrogacy and the Exploitation of Women and Children San Francisco, CA/May 11, 2015 — Stop Surrogacy Now launches today. Stop Surrogacy Now brings together a worldwide, ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse group opposed to the exploitation of women and the human trafficking of […]

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A “Product of Surrogacy” (Interview Video)

Last weekend we held The Twelfth Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner, and it was a great success. As part of the evening, I interviewed Jessica Kern, a young woman who was born through a commercial surrogacy arrangement and who describes herself as "a product of surrogacy." It was moving and powerful to hear her story, […]

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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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