Biotech and Public Policy

Embryonic Stem Cell Research versus the Rule of Law

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The embryonic stem cell research controversy is an ethics, not a science, debate. But it also involves the rule of law. Indeed, two recent court rulings—one in the United States and one in Europe—illustrate how the intense politics swirling around ESCR have the potential to […]

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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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IVF: Enough Will Never Be Enough

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC UK scientists announced that they will ask the rarely-says-no UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) for permission to implant an IVF embryo that is biologically related to three parents (two women and one man). The genetically modified embryo will be created by taking the […]

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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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CBC 2010 Winners and Losers

WINNERS: Dr. Leon Kass: Recipient of the CBC’s 2010 Paul Ramsey award. Dr. William Hurlbut, who serves on the Paul Ramsey nominating committee said, “Leon Kass is an extraordinarily constructive and courageous voice in bioethics—a treasure to our civilization. He is the intellectual epicenter of American bioethics.” The Dickey-Wicker Amendment: Enacted during the Clinton administration […]

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Judging my 2010 Prognostications

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBCIt’s that time of year when the CBC asks me to look back on my annual predictions in the world of bioethics to see how I did. The answer? Quite well. In fact, I think it was my best year ever. Obamacare First, I predicted that […]

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Ethically Thin, Science Unltd.: The Shape of Progressive Bioethics

By Evan Rosa, CBC Communications DirectorReviewed: Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy and Politics, Jonathan D. Moreno and Sam Berger, eds., The MIT Press, 2010“The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.” (G.K. Chesterton, Fancies Versus Fads)Political science, for […]

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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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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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We Are Dreaming Big

Dear Friends,Our tenth year has been a busy one! We are excited to announce the successful August 9, 2010 release of the CBC’s second documentary, Eggsploitation. We have been fighting the exploitation of women by egg ‘donation’ for some time, and as more and more states are considering egg donation legislation, the timing of our […]

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What Do 30 Pieces of Silver Buy You Today?

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC PresidentI’m just back from Washington, D.C., where I had the privilege of showing Eggsploitation on Capitol Hill.  Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), served as our congressional sponsor for this event, and I’m grateful to him and his staff for their leadership in this arena.  As an Ob/Gyn doctor, Coburn understands the […]

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A Preventative Against Biological Colonialism

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBCColonialism of nations is dead, but a new form of resource hegemony is a-borning. Rather than exploiting commodities such as copper deposits and timber forests, the new colonialism is biological, seeking to mine living human bodies. Thus, we see rich westerners buying kidneys from destitute Pakistanis […]

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New Documentary Eggsploitation Reveals the Infertility Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

For Immediate Release Film Presents the Hidden Dangers, Health Risks, and Exploitation of Young Women Through Egg Donation NEW YORK, NY/July 28, 2010 – The infertility industry has a dirty little secret that is dressed in deceptive advertising, large monetary incentives and appeals to altruism. Using these tactics, the industry targets young, vulnerable women for […]

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Regulate Synthetic Life Science While the Horse is Still in the Barn

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The media was all atwitter a few weeks ago when scientists announced that they had created synthetic life. Technically, that isn’t true—if by synthetic life one means creating life out of non life. Rather, scientists took a living bacterium, removed its genetic content, and replaced […]

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Be a Part of CBC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Dear Friends, 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the CBC! We are preparing for some special projects and events throughout the year to commemorate this exciting milestone, and we need your help now more than ever. We will be holding a party and silent auction on September 25, 2010, with very special CBC guests present […]

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eggsploitation ::: summer 2010

The infertility industry in the United States has grown to a multi-billion dollar business. What is its main commodity? Human eggs. Young women all over the world are solicited by ads — via college campus bulletin boards, social media, online classifieds — offering up to $100,000 for their “donated” eggs, to “help make someone’s dream […]

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Stealth Legislation to Federally Fund Human Cloning

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Embryonic stem cells aren’t much in the news these days. President Bush’s embryonic stem cell funding restrictions are history and the invention of induced pluripotent stem cells may allow scientists to obtain the benefits of embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos. But that doesn’t mean […]

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The Resistance: Sex, Lies and Greed

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC National Director The history of medicine has long been rooted in the ancient Hippocratic concept primum non nocere — “first, do no harm.” Yet we are living in a time in which the crazy train of advancing techno-medical practice is coming off its Hippocratic rails like never before. Case in point: […]

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