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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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Update: D.C. Assisted Suicide Law

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Update to the update: the law has gone into effect. The House did not vote on the measure to block it, and the Senate version never left committee (both chambers would have needed to vote to block the bill by Friday, February 17). The organization that spearheaded the campaign for this law released a statement […]

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Developing: Congressional Committee Moves to Block D.C. Assisted Suicide Law

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The Washington Post reports that a House committee has voted to block Washington, D.C.’s assisted suicide law from going into effect. In order for the law to be blocked completely, however, the full House and Senate will have to vote, and will have to do so by Friday because of a 30-day oversight window. It is at […]

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In Part True and in Part Woefully Misleading

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CBS Minnesota reports that a group of the state’s legislators has introduced a bill seeking to establish surrogacy in the laws of Minnesota. Two things particularly worth noting in this story are: The name of the bill: “Minnesota Gestational Carrier Act.” This is terribly dehumanizing of the women who act as surrogate mothers. The purpose of […]

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A Call for Follow-up, Research, and Informed Consent

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Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Schneider, Wendy Kramer, and our own Jennifer Lahl. They’ve just received word that their paper, “Long-Term Breast Cancer Risk Following Ovarian Stimulation in Young Egg Donors: A Call for Follow-up, Research, and Informed Consent” has been accepted for publication in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online. As those of you who follow […]

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Women are Not for Rent, Children are Not for Sale

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On Monday I wrote about ongoing work in Minnesota to resist efforts that would enshrine surrogacy into law there, and linked to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. On Tuesday, The Star Tribune ran a piece by Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, seeking to present a fuller picture of the […]

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Applications for the Next Cohort of Paul Ramsey Institute Fellows are Now Open

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We are pleased to begin 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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Leading the Opposition to Surrogacy

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Over the weekend, the Minneapolis newspaper reported on the ongoing legislative discussion of surrogacy in Minnesota. In the article they highlighted our work along side others in the state: Besides the Catholic conference, the opposition here is led by the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network based in California, which produces documentaries with titles such as […]

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We are Most Certainly Not Being Careful

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The New York Times recently ran an article on ways in which various technologies are being developed and tested with senior adults. The article talks about how aging can be isolating and lonely, and the fact that a shortage of caregivers is looming as the baby boom generation ages. These are among the reasons why researchers are […]

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Breaking News: “Scientists create a part-human, part-pig embryo”

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The Washington Post is reporting that scientists have for the first time created an embryo that is part human and part pig. The long-term goal is to provide organs for transplant, given that the need for organs always runs well ahead of the availability of organs. Such a hybrid or chimeric embryo raises many, many […]

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Save The Date: March 14 Surrogacy: Trading on the Female Body

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The Stop Surrogacy Now Campaign is hosting an event during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW61) in New York. The event is titled “Trading on The Female Body” and will take place on March 14 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at The Benjamin Hotel. Original Signers of the Stop Surrogacy […]

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Paul Ramsey Award Winner 2017

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The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network and the Paul Ramsey Award Nominating Committee are pleased to announce Professor David Albert Jones as the recipient of the 2017 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Professor Jones is Director of The Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford, England, the UK’s oldest national research center in bioethics (est. 1977), engaging in scholarship, […]

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Update: We Will Be Rescheduling This Event — Please Join Us for a Public Conversation on Depression, Hope, and Healing

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UPDATE: Unfortunately, we will not be holding this event on January 20. We are working to reschedule it. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels. Thank you. The Center for Bioethics and Culture presents our third "Public Conversation" Live Event, with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty. Please join us on Friday, January 20! And pass this along […]

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To Be Human can be Really Hard

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Last week I wrote about the Massachusetts Medical Society’s plans to survey their members, part of which involved a debate over the terms medical aid in dying” vs. “physician-assisted suicide.” As part of that discussion, one Massachusetts physician emphasized the need to highlight the growth and development of the field of palliative care in any […]

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Thank You

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Over the past few weeks I came to you several times, asking you to help us start 2017 on firm financial ground. You have done just that. I want to offer you my sincere gratitude for your generosity. Many gave larger gifts than they ever had before, and many others gave for the very first […]

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Let’s Call it What it Is

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The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts Medical Society is planning to conduct a survey of its 25,000 members in order to determine their perspectives on either “medical aid in dying” or “physician-assisted suicide.” Deciding what to call it seems to be one of the main sticking points. The doctors even disagreed about what words […]

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