Venus Rising With Kallie Fell

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Have you listened to our newest episode of Venus Rising? You won’t want to miss this one. Last week we sat down with our own Kallie Fell, a Bay Area labor and delivery nurse, to discuss the commonly misunderstood basics of women’s reproductive physiology. Before she was a nurse, Kallie was a scientist in the Department of […]

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Spreading our message across the U.S. and beyond!

We are falling right into the fall season here at the Center for Bioethics and Culture! We welcomed our ten new Paul Ramsey Fellows to the first meeting of their two-year fellowship, and boy are they an impressive group of young men and women. Our reading for this meeting was William May’s “The Physician’s Covenant: Images of […]

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Venus Rising is now on your favorite streaming platform!

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Venus Rising has launched into other atmospheres!! You can now find Venus Rising on your favorite streaming platform! That’s right, you can listen to episodes of Venus Rising on Spotify, Google Play, Podomatic, and even iTunes!!!  The good news doesn’t stop there… Today we air a BRAND NEW episode!!!! Join us as we travel across […]

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Questions of Power and Rights in Surrogacy

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Questions of Power and Rights in Surrogacy: Is it acceptable for gay men to exploit surrogate mothers facing poverty, racism, eugenic forces and misogyny? by Susan Hawthorne Paper presented at Broken Bonds and Big Money: An International Conference on Surrogacy. Storey Hall, RMIT, Melbourne, 16 March 2019. I am a lesbian. In my political activism […]

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Twins at 73

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Chances are, if you are in the medical community or have logged onto Facebook, you have read news headlines declaring that a 73-year-old woman has given birth to twins. Erramatti Mangayamma is believed to be the oldest woman to give birth; her husband is 80 years old.  The information presented in the news is scarce, […]

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Is Egg “Donation” and Surrogacy the Newest Form of Human Trafficking?


I’m in Spain at the time of this writing, where I have been invited to speak on the topic of “Reproductive Exploitation.” One of the slides in my talk made the claim that reproductive exploitation is the newest form of human trafficking. Another speaker at the conference, an attorney, disagreed with my claim. This attorney […]

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Venus Rising Podcast Launches Today!

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This summer has been incredibly busy for us here at the CBC! We’ve been working hard on our newest project, Venus Rising, a podcast welcoming you into our living room for chats about all things fertility, infertility and women’s reproductive health. The first episode has officially launched today! Listen now on Podomatic at, and […]

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New project launching soon!

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Boy how time flies! I hope you had a restful summer and were able to squeeze in a bit of vacation and time away. In our 24/7 world it seems harder and harder to unplug and summer just seems to fly by.  Things were especially busy over the summer for us at the CBC. Some […]

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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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