“Fuller House” Tackles Surrogacy

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By Monica Krason and Chaney Mullins In Netflix’s Fuller House, we learned that Stephanie Tanner, the precocious youngster who uttered “How rude!” to our delight in the original ’90s sitcom, is now all grown up, but infertile. When her infertility was revealed, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to spotlight this condition, shared by 1 […]

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Memo to New York State Senators: Commercial Surrogacy Undermines the Child-Parent Relationship

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With a Democratic majority in both the New York Senate and Assembly, along with a Democratic Governor, victory for the surrogacy industry is within reach. A bill that would make commercial surrogacy contracts legal and enforceable in the Empire State has been slipped into the state’s 2019 budget, buried deep on page 392. On November […]

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2019 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 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner Honoring Dr. Patrick T. Smith 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Recipient Diablo Country Club 1700 Clubhouse Road, Diablo, CA 94528 April 27, 2019 Reception at 5:30 / Dinner at 6:30 RSVP by April 12, […]

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The $100,000 Baby

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A report on: The One Hundred Thousand Dollar Baby: The Ideological Roots of a New American Export What would you think if America’s favorite marketplace, Amazon, started selling babies to men and women who genuinely desired, with all of their heart and souls, to become parents? These are good people who would treat their purchases […]

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Updated “Think Again” Study Guide

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We’ve recently updated our free Think Again study guide! If you’d like to introduce others to the issues surrounding third party reproduction, but aren’t sure how to open the discussion, this is a great place to start. Think Again: A Study Guide on the Legal, Medical, and Ethical Questions of Third Party Reproduction is intended for […]

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The CRISPR Case

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After making a fresh cup of coffee, I sit down at my makeshift desk (aka my dining room table) and stare out the window at the tempestuous and grey ocean. Past what I can see and halfway across the world, one scientist has shaken the world and made waves in the scientific community. If you […]

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Paul Ramsey Institute Applications and 2019 Award Dinner

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We are pleased to begin accepting applications for the fourth 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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2018 Winners and Losers

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It’s that time of year again, when I look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and contributions actively promoted and affirmed our shared human future (winners), and those who did not (losers). You can review last year’s picks here. Winners: Patrick T. Smith, Ph.D., will receive the […]

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Happy New Year

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As we close out 2018 and look forward to 2019, it’s not too late to give a gift of support. All that we’ve been able to accomplish in 2018 (and since our founding in 2000) is because of individuals and foundations who have given generously and faithfully. Please remember The Center for Bioethics and Culture […]

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The Year is Ending, But Our Work is Not

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The fight to protect our shared human future is ongoing and ever changing. With every technological development, every medical breakthrough, every piece of bioethics legislation, come questions of not only what can be done but what should be done. Our goal is to seek out and share information about the issues that most profoundly affect our humanity, especially issues […]

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Merry Christmas!

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During this time of giving, we are so very thankful for all that we’ve received—support and goodwill from old friends, an influx of new friends we’ve met in person and online this year, and the knowledge that a growing community of caring people are invested in a truly human future. It is our privilege to […]

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Real Grownups Know No One Has the Right to a Child

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Real grownups know that no one has a right to a child, a right to another woman’s body in order to have a child, or a right to risk anyone’s health or life in order to have a child.    The November 2018 edition of British GQ features an essay titled, “It’s Time to be Grown Up […]

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Taking Stock of 2018, Looking Forward to 2019

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With Thanksgiving just passed, and Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, we here at the CBC are taking stock of 2018 and looking forward to 2019 and beyond. One thing we know without a doubt is that the work we do would be impossible without your generous and faithful support! We are a small […]

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#BigFertility: Selected for film festival, plus free on Amazon Prime!

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We are thrilled and honored to announce that #BigFertility: It’s All About the Money is an official selection for the 2018 Silicon Valley International Film Festival! The festival will take place Dec. 12-15, and we hope Kelly’s harrowing surrogacy story leaves a lasting impact on the filmmakers and tech professionals in attendance. We work tirelessly […]

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#GivingTuesday for our Shared Human Future

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On this #GivingTuesday, we humbly ask that you consider supporting our work. While we can’t ignore that our work requires funding, we also recognize that advocacy takes a variety of forms. With that in mind, here are some ideas for how you can support the CBC through the gift of not just money, but time. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

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We at The Center for Bioethics Culture have much for which to give thanks. We are thankful for your faithful commitment to our work. We are humbled by and grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement. You make our work possible. We are also thankful for the other organizations with which we are privileged to […]

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Some of the Most Important Work We Do

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I am pleased to announce that Patrick T. Smith, Ph.D., will be the recipient of the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Dr. Smith is Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics; and Senior Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Along with his appointment at the Divinity School, he is also […]

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The Dangerous Effects of Surrogacy: A Review of “A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India”

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by K. Blaine The structure of the surrogacy market does not enhance individual freedom. Surrogate mothers are willing to abide by the rules imposed by the clinic and the intended parents in their desperation to bring their families out of poverty. Imagine you live in India. You live in extreme poverty—poverty like most Americans have […]

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