Seasons Greetings from the CBC!

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Dear friends,  The snow may be falling, and temperatures might be dropping, but my heart is warm knowing that we at the CBC are supported by friends like you!  In November, I interviewed more guests for our podcast, Venus Rising. We hope you are enjoying our guests as much as we are. Our aim is […]

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Announcing the 2020 Recipient of the Paul Ramsey Award

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The Center for Bioethics and Culture and the Paul Ramsey Award Committee is pleased to announce that Professor Helen Alvaré will be the recipient of the 2020 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Alvaré is a Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and […]

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New Venus Rising Episode!

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Join us for a brand new episode of Venus Rising as Kallie Fell returns as our guest to discuss her work and involvement at the Center for Bioethics and Culture.  As you may know from her first guest appearance, Kallie started her professional career as a research assistant at the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Center […]

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Living the Giving

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We at The Center for Bioethics and Culture have so much cause for gratitude. We are thankful for your faithful commitment to our work. Because of your generosity, we are able to continue spreading our message across the globe, illuminating the stories that fuel our passion. We are humbled by and grateful for your ongoing […]

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Counting Our Blessings

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Dear friends, Every autumn as the holidays start to approach, I become acutely aware of all of the wonderful people in my life. Gratitude seems to permeate throughout the air at this time of year, and I want you to know just how incredibly grateful the CBC is for you and your support. I hope […]

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Egg Harvesting, Gene Editing, and Artificial Wombs

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New Venus Rising Episode with Wesley J. Smith Join us for a brand new episode of Venus Rising as Jennifer Lahl has the privilege to sit down with lawyer and award-winning author, Wesley J. Smith, to discuss egg harvesting, gene-editing, artificial wombs and more! Wesley Smith has authored or co-authored 14 books and hundreds of articles or opinion […]

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Women As Guinea Pigs in Biotechnical Research

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From remarks delivered at the Heritage Foundation’s recent panel, “Bioethics: What It Is and Why It Matters“ In 1985, just seven years after the birth of Louise Brown (1978), the world’s first ‘test tube’ baby, Gena Corea published her very important book titled, The Mother Machine: Reproductive Technologies from Artificial Insemination to Artificial Wombs. In […]

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The Global Market for Human Eggs

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Join us for an informative new episode of Venus Rising as we speak with cultural and medical anthropologist, Dr. Diane Tober. Dr. Tober is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging and faculty at the Bixby Center for Reproductive Health. Her work and research is focused on […]

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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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