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You are Cordially Invited

The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially invites you to   The Twelfth Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner honoring John F. Kilner, PhD2015 Paul Ramsey Award Recipient   Special Interview With Jessica KernFeatured in our Breeders: A Subclass of Women?   at Diablo Country ClubDiablo, CA on Saturday, April […]

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Reflections on Terminal Illness from CBC Ramsey Fellow

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Paul Kalanithi, a CBC Paul Ramsey Fellow, offers some poignant reflections on his terminal diagnosis of lung cancer in the spring issue of Stanford Medicine that we highly recommend: Time for me is double-edged: Every day brings me further from the low of my last cancer relapse, but every day also brings me closer to […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Irish Minister for Health Defends Rights of Children and Opposes Commercial Surrogacy Minister Leo Varadkar has promised that commercial surrogacy will remain illegal in Ireland and that children conceived through donor gamete donation will have access to a register offering them essential information to their medical histories. Speaking on new legislation currently being debated, […]

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Grave Concerns: Physician Assisted Suicide Movement Growing Rapidly

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An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reports on the simultaneous efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut—something we’ve been warning about for some time here at the CBC. While the article is focused on the efforts underway in the northeast, what’s stunning is how widespread the movement to […]

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I am not suffering. I am struggling.

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These words are part of a beautiful speech delivered by Julianne Moore in her Oscar-nominated performance as Dr. Alice Howland in the film Still Alice. The film is a powerful testimony of how a woman who has made her career out of words loses her words because of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. At the age of […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Canadian Supreme Court Allows for Physician Suicide Last Friday the Canadian Supreme Court unanimously ruled to allow for physician assisted suicide—overturning a 1993 ban on the practice and ending an ongoing legal battle that began in 2011. Days later, several physicians in Calgary took to the Globe and Mail to offer some practical suggestions […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. The UK House of Commons Green Lights Three Parent Embryos On Tuesday, the House of Commons in the United Kingdom voted to allow the creation of three parent embryos in hopes of preventing mitochondrial diseases. Such a move comes despite the fact that there is serious concern over the safety of this technique. As […]

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Three Parent Embryos = Human Genetic Engineering

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Yesterday the UK’s House of Commons voted to allow the creation of three-parent embryos—a technique that would introduce the DNA of a third party in an effort to prevent mitochondrial diseases. While much of the media is referring to the process as “mitochondrial transfer,” a more accurate labeling would be human genetic engineering. And venturing […]

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This Week in Bioethics

Today we’re kicking off a new feature on our CBC website where we’ll recap some of the most important or interesting stories in the realm of bioethics. Part of our commitment at the CBC is keeping you informed about current bioethics news with dependable analysis. Thanks for joining us in promoting a more human future. […]

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Ready or Not: Here Comes 2015 in Bioethics!

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For several years, I have been the resident prophet at the CBC, and if I don’t say so myself, I have been quite prescient. But life in the prognosticating business is always a “what have you predicted for me lately,” so let’s take a look how I did for 2014. What I Got Right Affordable […]

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No One Should Have No One

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Last week while in the United Kingdom, I kept seeing the same advertisement posted throughout the London Underground: No one to say good morning to. No one to bless you when you sneeze. No one to take tea with. Or whisky, for that matter. No one on the end of the phone. No one to […]

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Is Brittany Maynard’s Husband Fighting the Wrong Battle?

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The tagline of our film Eggsploitation is “The infertility industry has a dirty little secret.” In the film we seek to expose the many facets of the market for human eggs, which very few people are aware of. These dirty little secrets include: Egg donors aren’t tracked over their lifetimes, so we have no idea […]

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A Celebration of Devastation

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The Hollywood Reporter has a story out with the provocative (clickbait?) title, “23 HOLLYWOOD MOMS WITH SAME SPERM DONOR AND ONE CRAZY VACATION.” I call it clickbait because that’s not what the article is about at all. Instead, the article is a celebration of all the uses to which reproductive technologies can be put, and […]

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Save the Date

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 6:00 PM 12th Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner Diablo Country Club Diablo, CA Contact info@cbc-network.org for information Formal invitation to follow Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact info@cbc-network.org.

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Changing Minds

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Jennifer met this morning with colleagues from Japan who have been showing Eggsploitation in their country and carefully surveying audience attitudes before and after viewing the film. Above is a graphic they provided. Notice that all of the categories change as a result of watching the film. The combined “approve” categories shrink from about 30% […]

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Five Reasons to Support the CBC this Holiday Season

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The holidays provide a rare occasion for much of the world to stop, ponder, and awe at the gift of human life and the joy of the family. Indeed, it is the very reason for much of the good cheer of the season. We here at the CBC are grateful that you’re a part of […]

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Top Ten Posts (#1) #TBT

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We’ve arrived at the top of the list on our #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) countdown of the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. The number one entry is Jennifer Lahl’s review of the film My Sister’s Keeper, titled “My Sister’s Savior,” published in July 2009. As she mentions in the review, […]

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Top Ten Posts (#2) #TBT

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We’re now very close to the top of the list on our #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) countdown of the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #2, is a first-person account of egg “donation” gone wrong. It is a powerful testimony, and not surprising that it has been viewed […]

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