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A Sad Anniversary

Today, sadly, marks one year since physician-assisted suicide became legal in California. Perhaps this weekend you might want to watch (or re-watch) the documentary short film we made about the true impact of this law, Compassion and Choice DENIED.   Compassion and Choice DENIED explores the effects efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide have on […]

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UPDATE: Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story (or Want to be a movie producer? Here’s how!)

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I just wanted to give you a brief update on our important project, our Kickstarter campaign! We are very grateful! We depend on each and every one of you to help us see that this film gets made. We have been fighting tirelessly to oppose bad surrogacy laws advancing in California, New York, and New […]

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Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story

We’re working on a new film telling the story of Kelly’s surrogacies. We need to go to South Dakota to film at her home.   Kelly Martinez is a strong, articulate woman with a cautionary story to tell. It is a story the world needs to hear. Kelly served as a surrogate mother for three […]

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In my Inbox: “Are you aware you are a piece of trash? Or does trash not know it’s trash?”

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We really need your support today. The workload is tremendous, the stakes are high. Any gift, no matter how large or how small, will help us now. Some days can be a challenge. Days like this . . . I woke up recently to a message in my inbox from someone named Ashley: “Are you […]

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Recap of Our Trip to Spain, Surrogacy Fiction and Fact, A Call for Egg Donor Follow-up Research

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We really need your support today. The workload is tremendous, the stakes are high, and no one is leading the efforts described below like us at the CBC. Any gift, no matter how large or how small, will help us now. #StopSurrogacyNow in Spain Jennifer and I spent last week in Madrid, Spain, as part […]

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BREAKING: Follow-up, Research, and Informed Consent

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Our Jennifer Lahl along with our colleagues Jennifer Schneider and Wendy Kramer have a very important commentary piece in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online. The title of the piece is “Long-term breast cancer risk following ovarian stimulation in young egg donors: a call for follow-up, research and informed consent,” and it argues that because no […]

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U.S. Surrogate Mother Exploited by Spanish Couple Visiting Spain: Surrogacy is Exploitation, Practice Should Remain Illegal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: media@StopSurrogacyNow.com ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** U.S. SURROGATE MOTHER EXPLOITED BY SPANISH COUPLE VISITING SPAIN SURROGACY IS EXPLOITATION, PRACTICE SHOULD REMAIN ILLEGAL LEADING INTERNATIONAL FEMINISTS ALARMED BY THE DRAMATIC SPREAD OF GESTATIONAL SURROGACY AND COMMERCIAL EGG FARMING — BUYING AND SELLING CHILDREN, WHICH IS OUTLAWED IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD — WILL HOLD […]

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Easter and Passover Greetings

Blessings to you, your family, and your friends during these times of remembrance and celebration. Warmly, The Board and Staff of The Center for Bioethics and Culture He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. — Matthew 28:6   This is a day you are to […]

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Our #StopSurrogacyNow Initiative

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I want to highlight a recent conference in Rome, hosted by one of the original organizational signers of the Stop Surrogacy Now Statement, “Se Non Ora Quando? – Libere” (transl: “If Not Now When? – Free”). Below is the content of an email that has just gone out to the several thousand on the Stop […]

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Spanish Resources

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As Jennifer and I prepare to go to Spain next month we are having some of our materials translated into Spanish. Our film Breeders: A Subclass of Women? has been available with Spanish subtitles for several months now. You can watch Criadoras:¿Una clase inferior de mujeres? on Vimeo and choose Spanish or English closed captioning. […]

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Jennifer Lahl at the United Nations: Stop this Global Trading on the Female Body

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Last week when I was in New York to host and moderate our Trading on the Female Body event—which was a success beyond our expectations (please be sure to watch or re-watch the video of the event on Facebook or YouTube!)—I also testified at the United Nations. The UN event was entitled “Root Causes of Trafficking in […]

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What A Great Event!

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Our Trading on the Female Body event yesterday in New York was a terrific success. Before the event even started, we had to bring in more chairs, and we ended up with people standing in the back and sitting on the floor down the sides. Both panels did a wonderful job, and the audience was […]

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Join Us LIVE from New York

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As part of our #StopSurrogacyNow project, we are hosting a global conversation on surrogacy, “Trading on the Female Body,” in New York City on Tuesday, March 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT. We are having two panel discussions, one that features women who have been harmed by the practices of surrogacy and egg donation, […]

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Feminists Gather to Stop Surrogacy Exploitation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***MEDIA ADVISORY***U.S. FALLS BEHIND IN PROTECTING WOMEN ANDCHILDREN FROM COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION Leading international feminists and bioethicists, alarmed by the dramatic spread of gestational surrogacy and commercial egg farming in the U.S.—buying and selling children is outlawed in many parts of the world—will hold a news conference on Tuesday, March 14 at 12:30 pm at […]

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What’s the Big Deal?

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With our major event coming up at the UN on the 14th (Trading on the Female Body), we’ve gotten a few questions on social media about why surrogacy is such a big issue for us and why we’re working so hard to bring this conversation to those attending the UN’s 61st Commission on the Status […]

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Reminder: Applications for the Next Cohort of Paul Ramsey Institute Fellows are Due March 6

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We are pleased to be accepting applications for the third cohort of our Paul Ramsey Institute, the CBC’s signature educational initiative to further the thought and methods of Paul Ramsey, and to educate and shape future generations of bioethics leaders. The Paul Ramsey Institute brings leading thinkers in the field of bioethics together with current […]

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Bioethics at the Oscars

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As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the big news coming out of the Academy Awards last night is the mixup regarding the Best Picture winner. Even without that, though, you probably wouldn’t have heard much about a nominated film that brought a bit of bioethics to the Oscars. Extremis, nominated for Best Documentary Short […]

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Help Us Add Two Speakers to our NYC UN Event. Help Us Make Our Next Film

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I’m excited to be able to write and keep you up-to-date on the work of the CBC. I gave a keynote address in New Hampshire last month, and it was very well received. The president of the organization came up to me after and said, “You were the best speaker we have had in five […]

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