Biological Colonialism

We Should Follow Iran’s Kidney Selling OK?

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There is growing pressure among the utilitarian bioethics crowd to permit the poor to sell their kidneys–and there is already a thriving biological colonialism in kidney selling that prays on the world’s most destitute. Apparently, Iran permits this odious practice in the open–and now a new book this way comes extolling the idea. From the […]

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Biological Colonialism = Outsourcing Ethics

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My pal William Hurlbut — formerly a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics — coined the term “outsourcing ethics.” Here’s what he means: When countries, companies, researchers, or individuals want to do something ethically questionable — but not near where they live — they go to developing nations or places mired in poverty where […]

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Biological Colonialism Kills

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC In the wake of the Indian surrogate mother “gestational carrier’s” death and all the organ buying, and conducting unethical medical experiments on the world’s destitute, I took to the pages of the NRO to warn that “Biological Colonialism Kills:” From my conclusion: Some might respond […]

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The Attack of the Kidney Harvesters

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The perceived entitlement of the West sickens. We now believe our lives are so important that with biological colonialism, some of us are willing to work with criminal gangs to grab the kidneys of the vulnerable destitute. There is a shameful report out of the […]

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Biological Colonialism: “Gestational Carrier” Dies

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC An Indian surrogate mother has died as a consequence of renting her uterus to a Western woman. From the Daily News and Analysis story: Renting out her womb to a US couple cost Amraiwadi resident Premila Vaghela, 36, her life. Trying to give a child […]

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Money Changes Everything

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President When the news broke that Mitt and Ann Romney welcomed grandchildren numbers 17 and 18 this past Friday via “gestational surrogacy,” those of us here at CBC central—who oppose commercialized conception—wondered where the bottom is in these murky waters of assisted reproduction. Tagg Romney posted this on his facebook page […]

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Biological Eugenic Colonialism

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Our sense of entitlement — including not only to have a child, but the child we want — is driving us to ever greater extremes. The Daily Mail has a disturbing report about beautiful women selling eggs, rich men’s sperm, and paid destitute gestational carriers […]

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Rewarding Biological Colonialism

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC We shouldn’t always get what we want — particularly when it comes at the cost of exploiting the world’s destitute or taking advantage of despotic circumstances to benefit personally. But we do. Westerners increasingly go to poor countries and use the living bodies of people […]

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Biological Colonialism: Dutch Controversy Over Anything Goes IVF

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC IVF was promised as a generally minor matter that would be available for married couples, otherwise unable, to have biological children. Of course, that relatively conservative agenda held for about two seconds. It is now a huge industry, with unmarried people using it to get […]

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Biological Colonialism: Organ Trafficking Trial Shows Need to Outlaw Organ Buying

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Seven Kosovars are being tried for the odious crime of organ trafficking. The allegations vividly depict how the destitute are exploited at all levels of this odious form of oppression. From the New York Times story: The suspects are accused of luring victims from Turkey […]

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Biological Colonialism: Bioethicists Urge Science Boycott of China Over Organ Killings

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Penn bioethicist Art Caplan and I have had some vocal disagreements over the years, but we tend to think very similarly about organ transplant issues. Now Art and four other bioethicists have an opinion column in The Lancet calling for a boycott of Chinese scientists […]

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Biological Colonialism: Time to Get Judgmental About Organ Buyers

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When will enough, finally, be enough. Not only are organs now being sold by desperate people in destitute countries — to the point that some governments have been forced to ban organ transplant surgeries for non citizens or receiving organs from non relatives — but […]

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Biological Colonialism: Kidney Traffickers Busted

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Awful. Awful. Awful. Bangladesh has busted a kidney trafficking gang. From the Herald Sun story: Three people were arrested on Sunday in the remote Kalai area, 300 kilometres northwest of Dhaka, after reports surfaced that villagers were having their organs removed illegally. “We have found […]

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Biological Colonialism: Organ Tourism Must Be Outlawed Internationally

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The living human bodies of the poor are increasingly looked upon by the rich and powerful as resources ripe for the mining. As regular readers know: Ounce for ounce, human eggs have become the world’s most valuable commodity with eugenically correct young women able to […]

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Biological Colonialism: Philippines New Health Secretary Won’t Loosen Organ Sales Protections

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Biological colonialism — the named I coined for rich (usually) Westerners traveling to destitute countries to buy kidneys, rent uteri from “gestational carriers,” conduct unethical medical experimentation, etc. — has led some nations to outlaw non nationals from obtaining organ transplants and from organ selling. […]

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Biological Colonialism: South African Hospital Guilty in Kidney Trafficking Case

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Biological colonialism is a growing problem — the rich exploiting the poor for natural resources that are pieces of human flesh. In S. Africa, a hospital was fined way too little for taking the organs from people, including minors, who were paid to be maimed. […]

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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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Biological Colonialism: Federal Expressing Embryos to India for Gestation

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Imagine being so destitute that you are willing to rent your womb for gestation — and then give up the child that you have nurtured to birth. Imagine being so well off, you pay another woman to do your gestating — perhaps because you can’t […]

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