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This Week in Bioethics

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1. California Senate Panel Passes Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Advocates for physician assisted suicide in California scored a victory this week when a Senate Panel passed a measure to advance the legislation on to its next phase. Similar legislative initiatives have failed twice before, so here’s to hoping that an eventual third strike is in […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Montana House Passes Bill to Prohibit Physician Assisted Suicide Earlier this week, legislators in Montana passed a bill that would prohibit physician assisted suicide in their state. The bill now moves on for consideration by their state senate. At a time when so many states are considering legislation, it’s heartening to see lawmakers push […]

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UN #CSW59

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Jennifer Lahl is in New York for a week of activities in conjunction with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women #CSW59. While there, she will be showing all three of our films on third-party reproduction (Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, Eggsploitation, and Anonymous Father’s Day), giving a talk on these important issues, […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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This month marks ten years since the death of Terri Schiavo, the tragic and now infamous case of a government mandated feeding tube removal that resulted in her dehydration and death. Doctors are increasingly engaging in the act of killing—often willfully and sometimes coercively. To mark the ten-year anniversary of Schiavo’s death, we’re focusing This […]

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Application Deadline Approaching

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The application deadline to be part of the next cohort of our Paul Ramsey Institute is fast approaching (April 3). If you know of someone who would be a good fit or who might be interested in applying, please encourage them to do so. If you are considering applying, please do so soon. If you […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Ireland May Ban Commercial Surrogacy On the heels of Ireland’s attempts to expand access to various reproductive technologies and to legalize same-sex marriage, there is a counter initiative to ban commercial surrogacy within the country. We hope that those fighting for this cause will have the luck of the Irish on their side—to add […]

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CBC in France, “Breeders?” in French

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Jennifer Lahl and Christopher White are in France this weekend, helping with ongoing efforts to maintain a ban on surrogacy there. While they are in Paris, the French translation of our surrogacy documentary, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? will be shown for the very first time. Jennifer will also be giving the keynote address at […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Britain Becomes the First Country in the World to Approve Three-Parent Embryos On Tuesday, the British House of Lords voted overwhelmingly in favor of allowing the creation of three-parent embryos. Lord Winston, voting in favor of the law, said that it would be a “step in the dark”—but a necessary one for medical advancement. […]

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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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UPDATE, March 11, 2015: We are deeply saddened to learn of Paul Kalanithi’s passing. He was a Paul Ramsey Institute Fellow who brought insight and practical experience to our group. He will be missed. Pray for his loved ones in their grief. Requiescat in pace. Paul Kalanithi, a CBC Paul Ramsey Fellow, offers some poignant […]

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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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