This Week in Bioethics

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1. #StopSurrogacyNow Jessica Allen’s surrogacy story picked up even more press this week: Washington Post, BBC, People magazine, Inside Edition, PopSugar, The Independent, LiveScience, Mom.me, and more. You may remember that she was pregnant with a baby for a Chinese couple and with her own child at the same time, and she had to fight […]

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A Case for Abolishing all Forms of Surrogacy

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Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow have picked up and republished an article that tackles head-on the common idea that unpaid or “altruistic” surrogacy may be okay. This is an argument we often hear: it’s really the money that corrupts things, if surrogacy is done without the money or with only reimbursement for actual expenses — not […]

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Consuming Fertility

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The Washington Post recently ran an article outlining a whole range of ways in which the business of fertility is reaching new heights of consumerism as consumers go about consuming more and more fertility products and services. Would-be parents seeking donor eggs and sperm can pick and choose from long checklists of physical and intellectual […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Another Surrogacy Nightmare Yesterday’s New York Post profiled a young California mother who served as a surrogate mother for a Chinese couple. When she saw the twin boys she’d delivered she said, “Wow! They look different.” One of the boys was Chinese, the other was half-white, half African-American, the child of Jessica and her […]

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Surrogacy: Messy and Complicated

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Today’s New York Post profiles Jessica Allen, a young mother from Perris, Calif., who served as a surrogate mother for a Chinese couple. Spoiler alert: this surrogacy case is particularly messy and complicated. Jessica carried and gave birth to twin boys, Mike and Max. Because the delivery was made via C-section, Jessica was not able […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. An Emotional Story, An Absurd Fate Jennifer this week published a closeup look at so-called spare, surplus, or leftover embryos. She begins with a recent embryo custody case in Arizona, and ends by quoting the Catholic encyclical Donum vitae. In between she covers a lot of ground. Well worth your time to read. It […]

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An Absurd Fate: What Happens to Abandoned Embryos?

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it almost always starts with an emotional story. The latest situation is an embryo custody battle in Arizona. It highlights the depth of real human emotions connected to having children and building a family, and the ways in which human lives are affected by a justice […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Egg “Donation” and Its Consequences We were contacted this week by Leah, a young woman who “donated” her eggs this summer. She found us as she researched how to deal with the complications she suffered, and continues to suffer, in the wake of her “donation”. Five days after her egg retrieval, her husband took […]

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Leah Used to be a Happy, Healthy Person. Then She “Donated” Her Eggs…

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It seems not a week goes by without hearing from someone who has been harmed by either egg “donation” or surrogacy. Today is no different. This morning I sat down at my desk and began reading a story from Leah who sold her eggs in June of this year for $7,000. I asked Leah how […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. SCOTUS Declines to Hear Surrogacy Case As far as I know, nothing we’ve posted on social media has ever gotten more reach or engagement that this news. It’s a case we have been involved in and followed from the very beginning. The Federalist’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s denial says it all. [I]f there were […]

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What is Brave New World Really About?

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I’m a huge science fiction fan, and I particularly like works of speculative and dystopian fiction. Some of my favorite, relatively recent books include Oryx and Crake, Snow Crash, and Anathem. Perhaps the most significant dystopian work, however, is Aldous Huxley’s 1932 Brave New World. Indeed, we here at the CBC sometimes use the phrase “Brave […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Update 1 on Melissa Cook’s Surrogacy Case Melissa Cook contacted Jennifer right before Thanksgiving last year with a plea for help. Jennifer vividly remembers the feeling of panic when speaking to Melissa by phone, begging her not to abort the babies she was carrying, telling her that she could NOT be forced to abort […]

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#StopSurrogacyNow: Dear Cristiano Ronaldo, Women Are Not Your Baby Factories

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Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow have today posted a very powerful article by Kajsa Ekis Ekman, a Swedish journalist, writer, and activist. You may recall that I interviewed Kajsa in 2014 about her excellent book Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self. In this new article, Kajsa reveals surrogacy for what it is, namely, […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Our Big News This Week: A New Ebook Because of the work we do on third-party reproduction—egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy—we’re frequently contacted by those who have been affected by these practices. Kevin contacted us after he watched our film Anonymous Father’s Day (now available FREE on Amazon Prime). We asked him if […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Good News, Right Up Top! This appears to be a promising advancement in adult/non-embryonic stem cell research. Scientists in San Diego are developing a new method for working with the cells, using a process that is similar to the ways in which cells normally develop. The upshot is that this new technique “removes the […]

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#StopSurrogacyNow: New Book Announcement “Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation”

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Our #StopSurrogacyNow campaign this week announced a new book by Dr. Renate Klein, an original signer of the #StopSurrogacyNow Statement and long-term women’s health researcher from Australia. She has written extensively on reproductive technologies and feminist theory over the last 30 years. Her book, Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation, will be published in November 2017, […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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In spite of being a four-day, holiday week, this has been a busy one on the bioethics front. Here are five things that stood out this week. 1. #CyborgOlympics Brain Race The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ran a detailed item on the cyborg olympics’ brain race. It largely focuses on noninvasive brain-computer interfaces […]

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Here’s what we have planned!

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Dear Friend, Summer always seems to fly by, but we do our best to make the most of any summer lull. At CBC, we use the summer to catch up and plan out so we can hit the ground running right after Labor Day. As we look toward the fall and the end of 2017, […]

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