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How Did We Get Here?

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Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow have just published another excellent review of Renate Klein’s terrific little book Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation. The reviewer, University of Texas journalism professor Robert Jensen, writes as a man who embraces radical feminism, and he reads Klein’s book looking to understand how we got here. “How did we get to the […]

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This Week in Bioethics #108

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1. Is Commercial Gestational Surrogacy Coming to New Jersey? New Jersey’s “gestational carrier bill,” a/k/a “rent-a-womb,” which was twice vetoed by Governor Christie, has again passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature. It is waiting on Governor Murphy’s desk for his signature or veto. Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow unpack the situation, explaining why and […]

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Surrogacy: No Laughing Matter

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Surrogacy is no April Fools’ joke. It’s no laughing matter at all. It’s a big business that exploits, uses, abuses, preys on, and commodifies women. It turns children into products to be designed, selected, and purchased, while it profits handsomely. And it is willing to fight like mad to protect its moneyed interests.  On April […]

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This Week in Bioethics #107

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1. A Call to Action We asked Jennifer’s husband Dan to bring a Call to Action at the end of our recent Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. Dan has supported The CBC since it was merely an idea. He highlighted three areas where your financial giving can significantly help the CBC: 1.) The Paul Ramsey Institute, […]

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A Significant, Good Samaritan Difference

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We asked Jennifer’s husband Dan to bring a Call to Action at the end of our recent Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. Dan has supported The Center for Bioethics and Culture since it was merely an idea, and he has had a front-row seat to watch that idea come to fruition and grow to what it […]

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This Week in Bioethics #106

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1. Surrogate Pregnancies are Different Our friend K, a labor and delivery nurse, wrote a summary overview of an important new study that appeared in the journal of Fertility and Sterility. While the study isn’t perfect, it is, as she says, a big deal. The bottom line is that gestational surrogacy pregnancies put both women […]

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Study Finds Surrogate Pregnancies are Different

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Guest Post by K. Blaine, MS, BSN, RN You know how a good song brings back old memories? Well, recently I found myself reading a research article published in Fertility and Sterility—or Fert and Stert, as I lovingly call it—and it brought back old memories of days when I was a young research assistant still […]

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Canada: An Ill-Conceived Bill

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Efforts are underway in Canada to reverse a 2004 law that allows only ‘altruistic’ sperm donation, egg donation, and surrogacy, and that carries criminal penalties for paying anything other than expense reimbursement. Prime Minister Trudeau recently said the issue should be a matter of national conversation, and promised, “Of course we will need to listen […]

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This Week in Bioethics #105

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1. Paul Ramsey Institute Consultation & Paul Ramsey Award Dinner This year’s Paul Ramsey Award Dinner is in the books! We are deeply grateful for all who attended and only wish that more of our friends and supporters could have joined in the festivities. Be sure to check out the recap and photos on our […]

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The 2018 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner

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This year’s Paul Ramsey Award Dinner is in the books! What a terrific time we had!! People began gathering around 5:30 in the evening, and we enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones during the Reception Hour. Soon, though, the chimes were rung and we moved to the Ballroom for dinner. Bailey Sanford, a […]

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This Week in Bioethics #104

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Lagniappe: We were joined by Mac, the official Westie of The CBC, for #NationalPuppyDay 1. Paul Ramsey Award Dinner 2. NJ Senate to Vote on Surrogacy: S482 SaSca (2R) Authorizes certain gestational carrier agreements. 3. National Down Syndrome Day 4. Man Paid $171,000 to Become a Father 5. Artificial Wombs National Post, Matthew’s article from […]

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This Week in Bioethics #103

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1. Pregnancy Outcomes for Surrogate Pregnancies are Significantly Different A recent journal article highlights a number of crucial differences between surrogate pregnancies and non-surrogate pregnancies.  2. Storage Issues at Fertility Clinics Two fertility clinics suffered failures in their frozen storage tanks last week. Reports by NBC, the Washington Post, and People magazine.   3. Romanticizing Double […]

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This Week in Bioethics #102

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1. Welcome to GATTACA The United Arab Emirates’ Khaleej Times reports on the near future of reproductive technologies. Genetic engineering of the embryo could mean that people will soon be able to produce ‘super babies.’ “People can start modifying embryos, for example, activating certain genes and replacing others or like removing all defective genes that […]

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Britni’s Experience as a Surrogate Mother

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Because of our films and how outspoken we’ve been about surrogacy—particularly through the #StopSurrogacyNow coalition—we are regularly contacted by women who find themselves in the midst of surrogacies that are in the process of going wrong or who are living with the aftermath of a situation that went wrong. Some of these women want to […]

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This Week in Bioethics #101

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1. The Importance of Origins Writing in Harper’s Bazaar, a woman narrates her story of becoming a mother through egg ‘donation,’ ( a topic we at CBC have covered extensively). Even though this article isn’t about surrogacy, the author makes some important comments about the connection between fetus and “gestational carrier:” I felt by carrying […]

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Why We Make Films

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An article this week in The Guardian’s G2 takes Olympic diver Tom Daley to task over his use of a surrogate mother. Specifically, he seems unaware that there is an ethical dimension to surrogacy. It’s not clear how much consideration Daley and Black have given the issue [of surrogacy]. In an interview on the Attitude […]

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This Week in Bioethics #100

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To celebrate the 100th This Week in Bioethics (TWIB), Jennifer and I did a 10 minute Facebook live version of TWIB! 1. How Many? How many? This was Jennifer’s simple question in her testimony before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee yesterday morning. How many women . . . how many children . . . […]

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How Many?

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How many? This was Jennifer’s simple question in her testimony before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee yesterday morning. How many women . . . how many children . . . how many must be harmed before surrogacy is stopped? As part of SB 6037, “The Uniform Parenting Act,” Washington State is considering enabling commercial, […]

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