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This Week in Bioethics #101

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1. The Importance of Origins Writing in Harper’s Bazaar, a woman narrates her story of becoming a mother through egg ‘donation,’ ( a topic we at CBC have covered extensively). Even though this article isn’t about surrogacy, the author makes some important comments about the connection between fetus and “gestational carrier:” I felt by carrying […]

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Why We Make Films

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An article this week in The Guardian’s G2 takes Olympic diver Tom Daley to task over his use of a surrogate mother. Specifically, he seems unaware that there is an ethical dimension to surrogacy. It’s not clear how much consideration Daley and Black have given the issue [of surrogacy]. In an interview on the Attitude […]

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This Week in Bioethics #100

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To celebrate the 100th This Week in Bioethics (TWIB), Jennifer and I did a 10 minute Facebook live version of TWIB! 1. How Many? How many? This was Jennifer’s simple question in her testimony before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee yesterday morning. How many women . . . how many children . . . […]

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How Many?

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How many? This was Jennifer’s simple question in her testimony before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee yesterday morning. How many women . . . how many children . . . how many must be harmed before surrogacy is stopped? As part of SB 6037, “The Uniform Parenting Act,” Washington State is considering enabling commercial, […]

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This Week in Bioethics #99

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To mark the 99th issue of This Week in Bioethics I decided to make a video version to accompany the written version. Take a few minutes to watch it and let us know what you think. 1. Surrogacy Legislation Debate in New Jersey A bill that would legalize commercial surrogacy in New Jersey was advanced […]

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Calling for a Radical Change of Perspective on Surrogate Motherhood

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23 NGOs (including The Center for Bioethics and Culture) from eight countries and two international networks (including the #StopSurrogacyNow Coalition) have issued a renewed call to the members of the Experts’ Group of the Hague International Conference. Specifically, we are asking them to: 1. Renounce working on any instrument which would tend to organize surrogate […]

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This Week in Bioethics #98

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1. Join us for Dinner! The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially invites you to The Fourteenth Paul Ramsey Award Dinner on Saturday, March 28 in Diablo, California. We will be honoring Dr. Farr Curlin, recipient of the 2018 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Also joining us […]

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Paul Ramsey Award Dinner

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The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially invites you to   The Fourteenth Paul Ramsey Award Dinner Honoring Farr A. Curlin, M.D.2018 Paul Ramsey Award Recipient   Special Guest Katy FaustFounder of Them Before Us   Diablo Country Club1700 Clubhouse Road, Diablo, CA 94528   March 24, 2018Reception at […]

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This Week in Bioethics #97

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1. It’s Time to Start Paying Attention to Surrogate Mothers This feels like the kind of thing we’ve been saying for a very long time (see here and here and here, for example). An important article in The Richmond Journal of Law & Technology (The first exclusively online law review) states: In addition to the […]

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Ethics and Burnout

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The New England Journal of Medicine today published a brief piece examining burnout among healthcare providers. Certainly, this is a problem both for patients as well as for healthcare providers who of course require appropriate support in their jobs as well as opportunities for rest and renewal. What struck me in particular about the article […]

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This Week in Bioethics #96

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1. Truth and Spin about Egg “Donation” Dr. Jennifer Schneider, who appears in our film “Eggsploitation,” and who co-authored an important journal article with Jennifer Lahl last year, appears in a CBS San Francisco news report discussing her daughter’s egg “donation.” Beware, though, there is so much wrong with what the doctor at UCSF says […]

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Thank You for this Travel Day

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We had a terrific Paul Ramsey Institute Consultation last weekend. We delved into one of Paul Ramsey’s books to look at several issues as we sought to understand not just where he landed ethically on the issues but to see how and why he came to those conclusions. In addition, we examined carefully the ways […]

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This Week in Bioethics #95

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1. Jennifer in Washington State On Tuesday, Jennifer testified before the Washington State Senate’s Law & Justice Committee. They’re considering SB 6037, The Uniform Parentage Act, which would, among other things, legalize surrogacy in and encourage reproductive tourism to Washington State. In just over two minutes, Jennifer attempted to summarize the full scope of the […]

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Regulation Can Never . . .

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On Tuesday, January 17, 2018, Jennifer Lahl was given only two minutes in front of the Washington State Senate’s Law & Justice Committee to testify about surrogacy. They are considering SB 6037, The Uniform Parentage Act, which would, among other things, legalize surrogacy in and encourage reproductive tourism to Washington State. In just over two […]

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This Week in Bioethics #94

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1. Winners and Losers Jennifer this week published her annual list of winners and losers — those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. Who made which list and why? Also, for the first time, the same person is both a winner and loser. Click […]

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2017 Winners and Losers

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Each year at this time I look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future (winners), and those who did not (losers). Winners: Renate Klein is a winner for her new book Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation. She is […]

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This Week in Bioethics #93

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1. Thank YOU! Thank you so very much to all who donated as part of our end-of-year matching challenge. We are well over our $30,000 matching grant goal, and we are still expecting more checks to arrive in today’s mail. All that we’ve been able to accomplish is because of individuals and foundations who have […]

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Thank YOU!

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Friends, you have done it again! Wow! Thank you so very much to all who donated as part of our end-of-year matching challenge. We haven’t even received today’s mail, and we’re already at 125% of our goal! We are truly grateful for your support of our work. Thank YOU! All that we’ve been able to […]

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