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“#BigFertility” Documentary Exposes 3 Ways Surrogacy Harms Children

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by Katy Faust, Founder and Director of Them Before Us Embryos are routinely manufactured according to specification – their genetic makeup is literally chosen from a catalogue. Watch the Film  |  #BigFertility: It’s All About the MoneyRead the Book  |  Broken Bonds: Surrogate Mothers Speak Out A new short documentary, “#BigFertility: It’s All About the Money,” exposes […]

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Clinical Complications in Oocyte Retrievals: A brief look into a recent retrospective study

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A year ago this month, Fertility and Sterility published an article that assessed complications arising from oocyte retrievals. More specifically, researchers performed a retrospective analysis of ultrasound-guided transvaginal oocyte retrieval procedures and the ensuing complications that occurred between 1996 to 2016 at the Fertility Center Humanitas Research Hospital in Italy. A total of 23,827 consecutive […]

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Reaching the World on Instagram

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This summer, as you are traveling with family and friends, enjoying the sunshine and taking some much-needed time off, please consider staying up to date with the CBC Network on Instagram! With the expansion and ease of social media, Instagram is a great way for us to reach the masses and keep you familiar with […]

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Why the Gay and Lesbian Equality Movement Must Oppose Surrogacy

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by Gary Powell As gay people, we cannot insist on the right to carry out practices that harm the rights of others. Rather than being an LGBT rights issue, surrogacy is a women’s rights issue and a children’s rights issue; and like the sale of human organs, it is not an activity that should be […]

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Casualties of Surrogacy

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This essay is adapted from remarks delivered at the Heritage Foundation. We have no business building a multi-billion-dollar fertility industry at the risk of the health and well-being of women and children. A woman’s body is not designed to carry another woman’s baby. The media and Hollywood celebrities, like Kim Kardashian and Jimmy Fallon, present […]

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Gloria Steinem Calls Upon New York Gov. Cuomo to Not Legalize Commercial Surrogacy

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In true CBC collaboration style, we are happy to announce that Gloria Steinem has written a letter calling upon New York Gov. Cuomo to not legalize commercial surrogacy! Unfortunately, the state Senate voted 40/21 on Tuesday, June 11 to pass the “Child-Parent Security Act,” but it has not been scheduled for a vote in the […]

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I’m Not Buying What “The Farm” is Selling

by Hannah Ens, CBC Social Media Coordinator “Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here—more than you’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the […]

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2019 Paul Ramsey Cohort Selected

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We are very pleased to announce the ten fellows joining the 2019 Paul Ramsey Institute cohort! We had a truly outstanding group of applicants and thank everyone for their interest in the program. This is the fourth cohort of the CBC’s signature educational initiative, which brings leading thinkers in the field of bioethics together with […]

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The Truths Behind the News

Hello friends! Does anyone else feel overwhelmed or confused by keeping up with today’s news? We live in an equally exciting and challenging time where new revelations are surfacing faster than we can process them. News stories and blog posts are numerous and the ways to access these stories countless. I found this especially tiring […]

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Past Plans, Future Potential

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The following remarks were given by CBC Board Chair David Pauls, M.D., M.A., at the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. Remarks from the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Winner, Patrick T. Smith, Ph.D., can be found here. I’d like to thank you all for attending tonight on this beautiful Saturday evening. I’ve met many of you […]

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Agape Love, The Beloved Community, and Our Collective Work in Bioethics

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Remarks by Patrick T. Smith, Ph.D., at the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner April 27, 2019 Thank you so much Gil for that very gracious introduction. I would also like to thank Jennifer Lahl and every member of the staff for their assistance in coordinating my travel here. I had a wonderful and intellectually stimulating […]

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Upcoming live stream on “Casualties of Surrogacy”

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Updated May 6, 2019: The live stream of the panel discussion has now been archived on YouTube, available for viewing at any time. Mark your calendar to tune in to the live stream of an upcoming panel discussion featuring CBC President Jennifer Lahl on “Casualties of Surrogacy: Women for Rent, Infants for Sale, LGBT Rights […]

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New film “#BigFertility” looks at business of baby-making

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by Charles C. Camosy Crux Editor’s Note: Jennifer Lahl is the president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture. She has 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager. Lahl’s feature film, #BigFertility, looks at the business behind fertility medicine. She spoke to Charles Camosy about her […]

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Broken Bonds Now Available in the US

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When I signed the paper, I thought I could do it. I did not realize it would break my heart. -From Cathy’s story in Broken Bonds Today is the day! Broken Bonds: Surrogate Mothers Speak Out is now available in the US, and launched last month in Australia and the UK. This international anthology brings together 16 stories […]

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Greetings from Down Under!

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It’s been a very busy March for us at the CBC and I wanted to send you a quick update. The first week of March, I traveled to Geneva, Switzerland where I addressed an international group at the United Nations. I was invited to speak on a panel of experts where my role was commenting […]

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Surrogates Speak Against NY Surrogacy Bill

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March 11, 2019 The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, State of New York Executive Chamber New York State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo, We served as surrogates because we enjoy being pregnant and wanted to help others who for various reasons could not have their own child. We thought we were doing a […]

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A Letter to NY Gov. Cuomo from Stop Surrogacy Now

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This letter will be hand-delivered to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. March 11, 2019 The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, State of New York Executive Chamber New York State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo, We are writing to you as signers of the international group Stop Surrogacy Now. We number more than 10,000 and come […]

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A Summary of the “Risk of Severe Maternal Morbidity by Maternal Fertility Status: a US Study in 8 States”

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An important study revealing the risks of IVF pregnancies has surfaced. When I first opened this article, I was surprised to read that it had originally been presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in 2017, but it doesn’t seem like fertility doctors even paused to consider its findings. More […]

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