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This Week in Bioethics #97

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1. It’s Time to Start Paying Attention to Surrogate Mothers This feels like the kind of thing we’ve been saying for a very long time (see here and here and here, for example). An important article in The Richmond Journal of Law & Technology (The first exclusively online law review) states: In addition to the […]

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This Week in Bioethics #96

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1. Truth and Spin about Egg “Donation” Dr. Jennifer Schneider, who appears in our film “Eggsploitation,” and who co-authored an important journal article with Jennifer Lahl last year, appears in a CBS San Francisco news report discussing her daughter’s egg “donation.” Beware, though, there is so much wrong with what the doctor at UCSF says […]

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This Week in Bioethics #95

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1. Jennifer in Washington State On Tuesday, Jennifer testified before the Washington State Senate’s Law & Justice Committee. They’re considering SB 6037, The Uniform Parentage Act, which would, among other things, legalize surrogacy in and encourage reproductive tourism to Washington State. In just over two minutes, Jennifer attempted to summarize the full scope of the […]

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This Week in Bioethics #94

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1. Winners and Losers Jennifer this week published her annual list of winners and losers — those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. Who made which list and why? Also, for the first time, the same person is both a winner and loser. Click […]

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This Week in Bioethics #93

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1. Thank YOU! Thank you so very much to all who donated as part of our end-of-year matching challenge. We are well over our $30,000 matching grant goal, and we are still expecting more checks to arrive in today’s mail. All that we’ve been able to accomplish is because of individuals and foundations who have […]

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1. Frozen for 24 Years A woman in Tennessee last month gave birth to a girl who was conceived in October 1992, and placed in frozen storage. This is the only known live birth from an embryo frozen for so long, but as we are always pointing out, good records are not being kept on […]

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These Weeks in Bioethics

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Last week was a bit of a whirlwind, and TWIB just didn’t get written. But I’m back with Five Items from the past couple of weeks. 1. Simply Put, We Need Your Support As Jennifer wrote in her end-of-year letter, “our work stands out as a beacon of light for human dignity in a time […]

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1. Latest on the Sherri Shepherd Surrogacy Saga A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that TV personality and actress Sherri Shepherd cannot get out of the surrogacy contract into which she and her former husband entered. The couple split up during the surrogate’s pregnancy, and so Ms. Shepherd sought to get out of her commitment […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Matching Gift Challenge On Monday we announced that some of our very generous donors are matching $30,000 in donations given between now and the end of 2017. The CBC (like most nonprofit organizations) relies heavily on end-of-year giving in order to start the new year on a strong footing. We have already raised $4,023 […]

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1. We Won’t Back Down The CBC (like most nonprofit organizations) rely heavily on end-of-year giving in order to start the new year on a strong footing. We’ve had an amazing year, although one not without its difficulties. We’re up against powerful interests that profit handsomely from their exploitative work. We truly need your financial […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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