Ethics and Embryo Editing

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In a world where it seems the news is endlessly dominated by events in and around the White House, one story this week has clearly broken through: U.S.-based researchers have succeeded in editing the genes in human embryos. This news was first reported by MIT Technology Review, but numerous other outlets — Associated Press, Scientific […]

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The Unethical Uneasiness with Human Gene Editing Technology

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It has just been announced that “the first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos” in the U.S. has been made. Through a new technique, often called CRISPR, germline modification can be made at the embryo stage—germline, meaning the genetically modified child would pass these changes onto future generations through his or her sperm […]

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In Case You Missed It

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Many bioethics stories cross our inboxes and screens each day. Some we write about here and in other venues, and others we simply blurb or write a short comment on via our social media outlets. Of course, not everyone is on social media or follows us there, so I thought I’d collect a few items […]

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Thank You!

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Jennifer and I want to say a very heartfelt thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! to all who gave and to all who shared our “Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story” Kickstarter campaign! The campaign has now ended, and thanks to you it was more than 100% funded. We leave for South Dakota on Wednesday, and we […]

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Last Week in Bioethics

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Even though summer is more-or-less in full swing, last week seemed like it was extra busy with bioethics news items. Below is a taste of some of the top items, all of which we posted on our Facebook page and Twitter feed (to keep up with all the latest, be sure to like and follow […]

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New Interview with Jennifer Lahl

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This week Jennifer is in Washington, D.C., speaking, meeting with allies, and catching up with long-time friends. She took time out from her schedule to sit down with a reporter from The Christian Post to discuss the film we’re currently working on and the larger issue of surrogacy. Here are a few excerpts from the […]

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A Sad Anniversary

Today, sadly, marks one year since physician-assisted suicide became legal in California. Perhaps this weekend you might want to watch (or re-watch) the documentary short film we made about the true impact of this law, Compassion and Choice DENIED.   Compassion and Choice DENIED explores the effects efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide have on […]

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UPDATE: Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story (or Want to be a movie producer? Here’s how!)

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I just wanted to give you a brief update on our important project, our Kickstarter campaign! We are very grateful! We depend on each and every one of you to help us see that this film gets made. We have been fighting tirelessly to oppose bad surrogacy laws advancing in California, New York, and New […]

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Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story

We’re working on a new film telling the story of Kelly’s surrogacies. We need to go to South Dakota to film at her home.   Kelly Martinez is a strong, articulate woman with a cautionary story to tell. It is a story the world needs to hear. Kelly served as a surrogate mother for three […]

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In my Inbox: “Are you aware you are a piece of trash? Or does trash not know it’s trash?”

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We really need your support today. The workload is tremendous, the stakes are high. Any gift, no matter how large or how small, will help us now. Some days can be a challenge. Days like this . . . I woke up recently to a message in my inbox from someone named Ashley: “Are you […]

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Our New Paul Ramsey Institute Cohort

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Today we are pleased to announce the 2017-2019 cohort of our Paul Ramsey Institute (PRI). As many of you already know, the Paul Ramsey Institute is our signature educational initiative to further the thought and ideas of Paul Ramsey, to educate, and to shape future generations of bioethics leaders. Our latest cohort includes Fellows from […]

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Recap of Our Trip to Spain, Surrogacy Fiction and Fact, A Call for Egg Donor Follow-up Research

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We really need your support today. The workload is tremendous, the stakes are high, and no one is leading the efforts described below like us at the CBC. Any gift, no matter how large or how small, will help us now. #StopSurrogacyNow in Spain Jennifer and I spent last week in Madrid, Spain, as part […]

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BREAKING: Follow-up, Research, and Informed Consent

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Our Jennifer Lahl along with our colleagues Jennifer Schneider and Wendy Kramer have a very important commentary piece in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online. The title of the piece is “Long-term breast cancer risk following ovarian stimulation in young egg donors: a call for follow-up, research and informed consent,” and it argues that because no […]

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U.S. Surrogate Mother Exploited by Spanish Couple Visiting Spain: Surrogacy is Exploitation, Practice Should Remain Illegal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: media@StopSurrogacyNow.com ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** U.S. SURROGATE MOTHER EXPLOITED BY SPANISH COUPLE VISITING SPAIN SURROGACY IS EXPLOITATION, PRACTICE SHOULD REMAIN ILLEGAL LEADING INTERNATIONAL FEMINISTS ALARMED BY THE DRAMATIC SPREAD OF GESTATIONAL SURROGACY AND COMMERCIAL EGG FARMING — BUYING AND SELLING CHILDREN, WHICH IS OUTLAWED IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD — WILL HOLD […]

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Easter and Passover Greetings

Blessings to you, your family, and your friends during these times of remembrance and celebration. Warmly, The Board and Staff of The Center for Bioethics and Culture He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. — Matthew 28:6   This is a day you are to […]

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Our #StopSurrogacyNow Initiative

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I want to highlight a recent conference in Rome, hosted by one of the original organizational signers of the Stop Surrogacy Now Statement, “Se Non Ora Quando? – Libere” (transl: “If Not Now When? – Free”). Below is the content of an email that has just gone out to the several thousand on the Stop […]

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New Ebook – Not Just Creating Your Own Family: An Interview with an Egg Donor Recipient Mother

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Because of the work we do on the topic of third-party reproduction—egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy—we are frequently contacted by those who have been affected by these practices. In late 2016, Jennifer Lahl, the Founder and President of The Center for Bioethics and Culture, was contacted by a woman whom we are calling Sandra in […]

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Spanish Resources

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As Jennifer and I prepare to go to Spain next month we are having some of our materials translated into Spanish. Our film Breeders: A Subclass of Women? has been available with Spanish subtitles for several months now. You can watch Criadoras:¿Una clase inferior de mujeres? on Vimeo and choose Spanish or English closed captioning. […]

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