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This Week in Bioethics

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1.  Can You Imagine That Anonymous Sperm and Egg “Donation” are a Problem? CBS’s Sunday Morning program this week ran an item on “The Flourishing Business of Building Family Trees,” highlighting widespread interest in genealogy and the businesses that are helping people in their searches. The report is bookended by the moving story of 55 […]

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Available to do Exactly This Work

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With 2016 nearly half over, the work and challenge before us continues full steam ahead. Allow me to give you an overview of what our summer will look like. As I write, I am packing for trips to Washington, DC, and Indianapolis where I will speak first to well over 100 eager young law students, educating […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Surrogacy Bill Becomes Law in Louisiana Louisiana Governor Edwards has signed into law a bill that makes surrogacy contracts enforceable in his state. Former Louisiana Governor Jindal vetoed similar legislation in 2013 and 2014, and we were hopeful that the new governor and his staff would also be attentive to the strong arguments against […]

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Reminder: 30% Off Trilogy DVDs, Free Anonymous Father’s Day on YouTube

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Just a quick reminder that for the month of June we have two very special offers going: First, to celebrate the grand opening of our new Facebook shop, we are offering a sale on our Third Party Reproduction DVD Trilogy: Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, Anonymous Father’s Day, and Eggsploitation. The trilogy is regularly $49.99, but […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. The Pursuit of Whose Happiness? The Guardian recently ran a personal essay on one woman’s emotional turmoil regarding  what to do with her frozen embryos. The article reveals a deep disconnect in the woman’s thinking, which is probably all too symptomatic of societal attitudes in general. On the one hand, she wants to deny […]

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FREE: Watch Anonymous Father’s Day on YouTube

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We are announcing it here first: For the rest of the month of June, in honor of Father’s Day, we are offering our documentary Anonymous Father’s Day for free on YouTube (https://youtu.be/fFd94VE–8g). If you haven’t yet seen this powerful film—an Official Selection of the California Independent Film Festival and the Rome International Film Festival—now is […]

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30% Off our Third Party Reproduction Trilogy for a Limited Time

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To celebrate the grand opening of our new Facebook shop, we are offering a sale on our Third Party Reproduction DVD Trilogy: Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, Anonymous Father’s Day, and Eggsploitation. The trilogy is regularly $49.99, but for a limited time we are offering all three films on DVD for $34.99. You must place the […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Call for Open, Transparent Discussion Denied Last Friday, 150 scientists, physicians, and bioethicists released an open letter calling for the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider moving or postponing the upcoming Olympic Games because of how much we simply do not know about the Zika virus, which is epidemic in Brazil. Specifically, the call […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Surrogate Custody Battle Moves Forward Melissa Cook, whose story we broke, is moving forward with her custody battle for the triplets she carried as a gestational surrogate for a single man. Melissa’s case brought international attention after the intended father demanded she abort one of the babies because he was worried about the realities […]

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Egg Freezing for White Women

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Dear Ms. Allen, I read with much interest your New York Times opinion piece, “Is Egg Freezing Only for White Women?”  I follow all things “egg” related as I’ve written and spoken out on the risks to women’s health. I have even produced two films on the topic. Eggsploitation is my feature length documentary film that features […]

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Aid-in-Dying are Deadly Words

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We’ve all heard the “just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right” wisdom. Seems another state wants in on the physician-assisted-suicide act. Apropos is the New York State Assembly, who is moving closer to passing a “medical aid in dying act,” with the recent vote on bill A10059, by the Assembly Health Committee. […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Science in Secret The mission of the CBC is to educate and inform on ethical issues related to healthcare, biomedical research, and biotechnology, so it was very disturbing to read that scientists attending “a meeting to talk about research into synthesizing a human genome were allegedly given a broad-gag order prohibiting them from even […]

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On Louisiana House Bill 1102

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Note: The following letter is being sent on Monday, May 16, 2016, to all members of the Louisiana State Senate Louisiana State Senate P.O. Box 94183 Baton Rouge, LA 70804 Dear Members of the Louisiana State Senate, I am writing to urge you to oppose House Bill 1102. For more than a decade I have written, […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Euthanasia Expansion If you need any evidence that the arguments in support of euthanasia or assisted-suicide are specious, read this story. A young woman in the Netherlands chose euthanasia by lethal injection. What was her terminal illness? She didn’t have one. Did she have less than six months to live? There is no evidence […]

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Wounded Vets Don’t Need Taxpayer Funded IVF

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I’ll be in DC next week for a bunch of meetings, mostly speaking with people about a bill that provides $3.4 billion in additional care for vets. I am involved because the bill currently includes an amendment to provide IVF benefits to wounded vets. These sorts of policy battles always start out with a rough […]

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Dear Adele

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Dear Adele, I’m a huge fan. You have talent that is unbelievable, and you seem lovely, kind, funny, and very witty. I loved you in Carpool Karaoke, and you were brilliant when you auditioned as an Adele impersonator. But hello, can you hear me? You have such a big following, and when you offered to […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Welcome News from New York on Assisted Suicide The New York State Appellate Division has just issued a 36-page report stating there is no constitutional right to physician assisted suicide. In 1994, the New York State Task Force on Law and Life issued a report titled, “When Death Is Sought: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia […]

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Great News from Down Under!

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Many of us involved with the Stop Surrogacy Now campaign submitted requests to the the Australian Parliament, as they were holding an open public inquiry on surrogacy. Currently, the law in Australia only permits altruistic surrogacy, which means pressure groups have complained that Australians have to travel abroad in order to hire a woman to […]

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