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The Commercialization of Reproduction and Donor Anonymity in Canada

This week, we are pleased to feature an in-depth report on assisted reproduction in Canada. The report was prepared by our 2011 Blackstone Legal Intern, Brittney Sharp. The report is especially timely as Jennifer Lahl will be in Toronto later this month speaking at a conference on reproductive issues and filming two interviews for our […]

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The Commercialization of Reproduction and Donor Anonymity in Canada

This week, we are pleased to feature an in-depth report on assisted reproduction in Canada. The report was prepared by our 2011 Blackstone Legal Intern, Brittney Sharp. The report is especially timely as Jennifer Lahl will be in Toronto later this month speaking at a conference on reproductive issues and filming two interviews for our […]

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The Higher They are The Harder They Fall

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President Pacific Reproductive Center (PRC) of Southern California (AKA, the reproductive tourist capital of the world) has just announced the opening of an on-site laboratory with breakthrough technology that has the ability to analyze all 46 chromosomes (23 from the mother and 23 from the father) of a human embryo within […]

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Big IVF: Couple Must Pay Gestational Carrier Child Support

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Big IVF–for that is what it has become, a rich and politically powerful industry–objectifies human beings and distorts familial and other relationships in the name of making babies. It objectifies women as egg farms and womb leasing merchants. It objectifies embryos, what with culling out […]

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Egg Donor Interview: Linda* in Los Angeles

Jennifer Lahl, CBC President—and Executive Producer, Director, and Writer of Eggsploitation—recently interviewed Linda about her egg donation experience. Lahl: You told me you saw the ad on Craigslist’s posting by the fertility center, looking for Asian egg donors. What made you answer this ad? Linda: I thought I fit the description very well: Great grades, […]

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Baby Breeding 101: Business Busted

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President There seems to be no end to the filthy bottom of the reproductive tourist trafficking industry. This story just broke, covering the bust up of a baby breeding surrogacy ring. Fourteen Vietnamese women had their passports confiscated and were being held in two houses while they gestated babies which were […]

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The Infertility Industry’s Dirty Little Secret . . .

. . . Not So Secret Anymore We continue to be encouraged by the interest Eggsploitation is generating and the feedback it’s receiving. It is an Official Selection of the 2011 California Independent Film Festival and has been nominated for Best Documentary in their Slate Awards. Rebecca Hagelin penned an op-ed in The Washington Times […]

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Outsourcing Pregnancy: Just Another Job?

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President As millions around the world celebrated the birth of Jesus, Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, issued a press release announcing the birth of their baby boy, born on Christmas Day. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, a healthy baby, was born through modern, assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Using an anonymous […]

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Outsourcing Pregnancy: Just Another Job?

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President As millions around the world celebrated the birth of Jesus, Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, issued a press release announcing the birth of their baby boy, born on Christmas Day. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, a healthy baby, was born through modern, assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Using an anonymous […]

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Objectifying Birth Mothers as “Gestational Carriers”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I thought that language which dehumanized women was supposed to be verboten. But in the procreation as manufacture world of IVF, surrogate mothers, who used to be known as birth mothers, are now called “gestational carriers.” As in the recent birth of a child for […]

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Planned Premature Birth Another Sign of Procreation as Manufacture

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Reproduction, we are now told, is a fundamental right. That sounds good. We don’t want government preventing people from having children. But under this theory, the right to reproduce has become more than just the right to have children. Women who don’t want their babies […]

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Biological Colonialism at the Movies

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC HBO has a documentary out that apparently highlights the baby gestating industry that is growing in India, which I have dealt with before (see here and here and here). Christianity Today takes note in its Women’s Blog. From “Outsourcing Baby Making in India:” Two scenes […]

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The Power of Film to Tell Stories

CBC’s Jennifer Lahl and Wesley J. Smith are occasional writers for ToTheSource.org. Recently ToTheSource interviewed Jennifer. To The Source: How did you become interested in egg donation? What brought this to your attention? Jennifer Lahl: I became interested in it as a broader issue within the various reproductive technologies. I’ve been writing and speaking on […]

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The Power of Film to Tell Stories

CBC’s Jennifer Lahl and Wesley J. Smith are occasional writers for ToTheSource.org. Recently ToTheSource interviewed Jennifer.To The Source: How did you become interested in egg donation? What brought this to your attention?Jennifer Lahl: I became interested in it as a broader issue within the various reproductive technologies. I’ve been writing and speaking on reproductive technology […]

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IVF: No Liability in Ireland for Using Sperm With “Black” Genes

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC IVF has changed our attitudes and expectations about bearing children, and not necessarily for the better. Instead of unconditionally loving the child who we receive, some instead demand the right to obtain the child they want. And that can lead to litigation when the parents […]

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A Noble Nobel?

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2010 has been awarded to Robert G. Edwards for the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Edwards is part of the famous Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards duo, who were partners in the lab for years, trying to fertilize a human egg and thus create an embryo […]

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It’s an Embryo!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I was reading a story this morning, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The term embryo is used in a scientifically accurate way! And it struck me, yet again, how the term embryo is used or not used depending on whether we are being spun […]

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The Phones Have Been Ringing

Nothing like waking up to the news that the Father of IVF has won the Nobel prize. Phones have been ringing. Writing about it all now. More soon. Robert Edward wins 2010 Nobel prize in medicine for in-vitro fertizilation Robert G. Edwards’s breakthrough development of in vitro fertilization, which led to the birth of the […]

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