Just $10

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BREAKING: As I finished writing the post below, Jennifer issued the following challenge:   Friend, Can you give $10? As I’m sure you know, we are running a Kickstarter campaign to fund our latest film. The $12,500 we are raising will help us to finish the editing and post-production process, market and distribute the film, […]

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This Week in Bioethics #116

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1. Kickstarter Update   Thank you to all those who have given to our Kickstarter campaign. It has been so encouraging to see so many people giving to our project! We are thrilled. As of this writing, we have just hit $5,961, 47%, from 41 backers! Thank you! We are so very thankful for your […]

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Help Us Take on #BigFertility, Help Us Finish Kelly’s Story

#BigFertility: It's All About the Money

We’re finishing our new film telling the story of Kelly’s surrogacies, and we need your help to push it across the finish line. Kelly’s story exemplifies everything that’s wrong with surrogacy. She loved being pregnant and helping others, but as a surrogate mother, #BigFertility lied to her, lied about her, used her, exploited her, and nearly […]

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This Week in Bioethics #115

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Normally we feature five stories from the world of bioethics, but this week we have just one story. And it’s a big one. We’re releasing the first teaser trailer for our new film #BigFertility. And we’re running a Kickstarter campaign to push the film across the finish line and out into the world. Here’s our […]

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On the Profession and Practice of Medicine

Farr Curlin, M.D.

Remarks by Farr Curlin, M.D., at the 2018 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner March 24, 2018 Receiving the Ramsey Award is a delight, an honor, and a privilege. It’s humbling to receive this award and to be here with you tonight. In particular, I thank Jennifer for her long and faithful service in the same direction, and for […]

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This Week in Bioethics #114

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1. New Jersey Legalizes Commercial Gestational Surrogacy Sadly, NJ Gov. Murphy has signed into law S482, which authorizes gestational carrier agreements. We’ve been following this bill closely for several months. We know that many, many people worked tirelessly to oppose the bill and to encourage Gov. Murphy to veto it. This is a major disappointment. […]

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This Week in Bioethics #113

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***Watch our live discussion of This Week in Bioethics on Facebook or on YouTube*** 1. Nightmare Surrogacy Experience Toni, a surrogate mother from Iowa, says of her experience: “It’s been a nightmare. It has almost destroyed my family.” Toni first reached out to us about this time last year. This week, she and Jennifer recorded […]

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Toni’s Experience as a Surrogate Mother: It’s Been a Nightmare

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Toni, a surrogate mother from Iowa, says of her experience: “It’s been a nightmare. It has almost destroyed my family.” Because of our films and how outspoken we’ve been about surrogacy—particularly through the #StopSurrogacyNow coalition—we are regularly contacted by women who find themselves in the midst of surrogacies that are in the process of going […]

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This Week in Bioethics #112

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1. David vs. Goliath We are very close to finishing our latest film! We have the story nailed down and edited, we’re working on adding in all the b-roll, then we’ll be recording Jennifer’s narration, finalizing the edits, cutting the trailers, developing the full slate of marketing materials, and more. In this film we are […]

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Taking on Big Fertility David vs. Goliath Style!

David and Goliath

Raise your hand if you can’t believe how fast 2018 is flying by! As I write, it’s almost May, nearly halfway through the year—wow how time flies. I’m just back from speaking at Harvard Law School, and the students there were very busy with final papers and end of year exams. Of course, this was […]

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This Week in Bioethics #111

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1. Surrogacy and Infant Mental Health Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow this week published an extremely important new article by a Spanish Perinatal Psychiatrist. It outlines a number of ways in which surrogacy affects children. Children born by surrogacy are exposed to a series of factors that can have serious repercussions for their mental and physical […]

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Mommy Deployment: Military Wives as Surrogates

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 Editor’s Note: With news that President Trump has signed an executive order encouraging federal agencies to hire more military spouses, this guest post by our friend K. is even more relevant. It helps provide context to the situation in which many military spouses find themselves, a situation that leads a great number of military wives […]

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Celebrate Jennifer!

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Today Jennifer turns 60. She has worked tirelessly since she founded The Center for Bioethics and Culture 18 years ago. It’s not just a matter that the CBC wouldn’t be what it is without her—the CBC would not even exist if not for Jennifer, her idea to launch a bioethics center, and her hard work […]

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This Week in Bioethics #110

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1. Update on New Jersey and New York As I write, we’re waiting to hear whether New Jersey Governor Murphy is going to sign the surrogacy-enabling legislation on his desk. Meanwhile, hearings are scheduled in New York for later this month on a bill seeking to legalize surrogacy in the Empire State. We are keeping […]

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Surrogacy on TV

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The software that runs our website this morning alerted me that an article from the website xtremetechnews.tech had published an article that linked to our issue page on Surrogacy. So of course I clicked through to read the article entitled “‘Roseanne,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Superstore,’ and more Take Baby Steps to Examine Surrogacy on TV.” It […]

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CRISPR Technology

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What is CRISPR? CRISPR/Cas9 (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is a technology that allows for the editing of genes within organisms. It is part of a wider group of technologies that allows scientists to edit genomes, but CRISPR has become the most prominently known because when used in combination with the Cas9 protein, it […]

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This Week in Bioethics #109

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1. Mark Your Calendars And save the date. One year from today — Saturday, April 27, 2019 — will be the next Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. This is the earliest we’ve ever announced the date, but we want to be sure that as many people as possible are able to attend. Let’s pack the place […]

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What Do We Owe Children?

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In working on a writing project yesterday, I came across an issue of the journal Ethics & Medicine from 2014, which had an editorial piece entitled “Shouldn’t Children Want Parents of Their Own?” The article, which was written by former CBC board member C. Ben Mitchell, was sparked by a lecture in which professor Margaret […]

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