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Remembering Lost Mothers

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In January we reported about the tragic death of Michelle Reaves. In light of both Mother’s Day and New York’s new surrogacy bill, we want to retell her story. Michelle, described as a “beautiful soul”, was a wife and mother of two small children who lived in San Diego, California. Michelle was pregnant, as a […]

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Venus Rising with Jennifer Lahl and The Free Birth Society

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Today on Venus Rising we turn the spotlight to one of our own, Jennifer Lahl. A few weeks ago, the wonderful women at The Free Birth Society invited Jennifer to speak on an episode of their show, The Free Birth Podcast. Jennifer sat down with Emilee Saldaya to discuss several different topics including the launch […]

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Let’s Talk About Lupron

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As you may know, a woman’s body naturally produces a variety of hormones that allow for conception, pregnancy, and fetal growth. In order to create a surrogate pregnancy, supplemental hormones and other medications must be used.  Lupron® is one of these drugs. Lupron®, manufactured by Takeda Abbott Pharmaceuticals [TAP], is a member of the class […]

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Venus Rising With Julie Bindel

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As you shelter in place or quarantine yourself from friends and family, allow us to bring author and activist, Julie Bindel, into your living room for a powerful and inspiring discussion about her life’s work and passion.  Since she was just 17 years old, Julie has been active in the global campaign to end violence […]

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Happy Birthday to the CBC!

Dear friends and supporters, I’ve been saying for a few years, “In 2020, CBC turns 20!” Boy, we had big plans to celebrate the CBC’s 20th anniversary this past weekend.  It was to be our annual Paul Ramsey Award Gala where we would highlight some of our work over these past 20 years as well […]

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I’m Transgender, and I Oppose the Medical Transition of Children

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Our guest today on Venus Rising is Scott Newgent.  At the age of 43, Scott made the decision to medically transition from female to male. In 2017, Scott underwent phalloplasty which led to a massive pulmonary embolism. Scott nearly died of an infection which lasted 17 months. During recovery, Scott spent hours reading about transgender […]

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Can We Count On You?

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Dear friends, By now, many of you have learned that we have had to cancel our annual Paul Ramsey dinner due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Like many, we are left scrambling to learn a new normal as we try to keep our work moving forward. To that end, we have rescheduled for April 17, 2021, […]

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Big Fertility During COVID-19

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I hope you all are staying safe, healthy, and sane during these challenging and unfamiliar times we find ourselves facing! As a nurse in the Bay Area, I am constantly reading and educating myself on the newest developments surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the repercussions this wicked virus is having on ourselves and society. There […]

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A Feminist Approach to Third Party Reproduction

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If you’re a book worm, an aspiring writer, a feminist, or any combination, then this two-for-one episode is for you! Today we have the privilege of speaking with two radically brilliant women in one 45-minute episode. Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein join Jennifer to talk about their journey creating and running an award-winning independent feminist […]

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Paul Ramsey Dinner- Please Read

Dear friends, It is with sadness, I regret to inform you that the Paul Ramsey dinner is cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  To that end, we have rescheduled for April 17, 2021, where Helen Alvaré will be on hand to receive the Paul Ramsey Award. We know many of you were so excited to celebrate […]

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Last Chance To Reserve Your Tickets!

We hope to see many of you at the upcoming Paul Ramsey Award Dinner! This memorable evening will honor the work of Helen Alvaré, J.D., remind us of Paul Ramsey’s legacy, and be a springboard for our continued work for our shared human future! The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially […]

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“I’m a Gestational Surrogate, and I’m Worried.”

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On Venus Rising, we talk a lot about surrogacy, but we haven’t brought you a real, honest interview with a woman who’s currently living the life of a surrogate. All of that changes today. ‘Lynn,’ whose name has been changed to protect her identity, sits down with Jennifer for an authentic discussion about her ongoing […]

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I’m a Veteran Gay Rights Activist, and I Oppose Commercial Surrogacy

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I have been a British gay rights activist since 1980. I studied German and Philosophy at Oxford University, where I graduated with First Class Honours and served for a period as President of the Oxford University Lesbian and Gay Society and Chair of the Student Union Gay Rights Committee. I also served as Head of […]

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Register Now; Space Is Limited!

The Center for Bioethics and Culture cordially invites you to join us in sunny Irvine, CA for “Perspectives in Bioethics,” a day-long event with some of the leading subject matter experts in bioethics. This intimate gathering will allow us to engage some of the most urgent concerns in medicine, science, technology, and ethics. (See agenda […]

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What LAMBDA gets wrong about commercial surrogacy

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Dear Sen. Krueger, AM Barrett and AM O’Donnell,  Senate Bills S7717 and A1071: Response to letter from Lambda Legal et al.  We write as an organization that campaigns for women’s and children’s rights, and that includes committed supporters from the LGBT community, in response to the joint letter (undated) sent to you by The National […]

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Sex dolls, robots, and their effect on women

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Today on Venus Rising, Jennifer speaks with a Ph.D. candidate who is researching female body sex dolls and robots, specifically, how men conceptualize these products and the implications of this kind of technology for women. Allow us to introduce you to a very influential activist and writer, Ms. Caitlin Roper. Ms. Roper is also very […]

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Reserve Your Spot At the 2020 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner

The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially invites you to The 2020 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner Honoring Professor Helen Alvaré 2020 Paul Ramsey Award Recipient Diablo Country Club 1700 Clubhouse Road, Diablo, CA 94528 April 04, 2020 Reception at 5:30 | Dinner at 6:30 RSVP by March 16, 2020 […]

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A Eugenicist Engineered Me To Be A Genius Baby

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We are overjoyed to finally introduce Nick Isel as our next guest on Venus Rising. At age 15, Nick learned that he and his sister were donor-conceived. Nick is one of 215 babies known infamously as “Nobel babies,” who are products of eugenicist Robert Graham’s Repository for Germinal Choice, a California-based sperm bank known as […]

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