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Assisted Suicide is Not Medicine

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Dr. Philip Dreisbach, a California oncologist and hematologist, recently wrote an excellent and compelling piece on the dangers of physician assisted suicide. Unfortunately, the article remains locked behind the Wall Street Journal’s pay wall. Allow me then to highlight a few sections of Dr. Dreisbach’s writing, quoting from it more extensively than I normally would. […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Surrogacy Bill Becomes Law in Louisiana Louisiana Governor Edwards has signed into law a bill that makes surrogacy contracts enforceable in his state. Former Louisiana Governor Jindal vetoed similar legislation in 2013 and 2014, and we were hopeful that the new governor and his staff would also be attentive to the strong arguments against […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Euthanasia Expansion If you need any evidence that the arguments in support of euthanasia or assisted-suicide are specious, read this story. A young woman in the Netherlands chose euthanasia by lethal injection. What was her terminal illness? She didn’t have one. Did she have less than six months to live? There is no evidence […]

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Governor Brown Delivers Death Sentence to California

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It is with heavy hearts that we at the CBC report that Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law ABx2 15.  California becomes the fifth state to allow physician assisted suicide after Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont. In his signing message to the California State Assembly, Governor Brown states that he weighed the arguments of […]

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California Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Moving To Vote

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During last week’s This Week in Bioethics update, I alerted you to the fact that the California Physician Assisted Suicide Bill was in suspense in the state senate and would likely fail. I am sad to report that in a surprise move, the state senate’s appropriations committee has approved the bill and moved it forward […]

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Physicians Aren’t Supposed to Kill their Patients

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With the California legislature currently debating the legalization of physician assisted suicide, it’s significant that today’s Los Angeles Times profiles Dr. Ira Byock, the author of a number of books on end of life issues including Dying Well and The Four Things That Matter Most. In the profile Byock says: Physicians aren’t supposed to kill […]

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Sex, Lies, and Birth Certificates

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Recently in my state of California, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that, beginning in 2016, will alter birth certificates in a dramatic way. Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) authored Assembly Bill 1951, which amends the California Vital Records Birth Certificate law in order to “modernize” California birth certificates by allowing each parent to self-identify […]

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Not Everything in Life is for Sale Nor Should it Be

Dear Friend, I know that this letter probably finds you, like all of us at the CBC, gearing up for what’s ahead this Fall. Before I get to that, though, I have BIG news. My last letter updated you on the good news that New Jersey Governor Christie and Louisiana Governor Jindal vetoed surrogacy bills. […]

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Jerry Brown Vetoes Egg Buying Bill!

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California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 926 — against which I warned last May — that would have permitted biotech companies to buy eggs from women and embryos from IVF companies. From his veto message: Not everything in life is for sale nor should it be. This bill would legalize the payment of money […]

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Governor Brown Does the Right Thing for Women in California

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pleasant Hill, Calif. (August 14, 2013) — We applaud California Governor Jerry Brown for his leadership in vetoing AB 926 yesterday. This bill would have allowed women in California to be paid to sell their eggs for scientific research. Jennifer Lahl, president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC), who testified […]

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Jennifer Lahl Interviewed on CA Bill That Would Allow Women to Sell Eggs for Research

Women in California will be able to sell their human eggs for research if Governor Jerry Brown signs a controversial bill that removes a ban on the sale of human eggs… Share Tweet Stumble Share Pin

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Cloning Science’s War Against Poor Women

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Back when California’s Proposition 71 was being pitched — which created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) — opponents warned that making human cloning a state constitutional right would result in the exploitation of poor women for their eggs — needed in every attempt at SCNT cloning. Responding, supporters promised to prohibit egg buying […]

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Buying and Selling Human Embryos

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Methinks human cloning is drawing very near. Elsewhere, I point to growing evidence of this concern. An advocacy article in the New England Journal of Medicine — always on the radical side of bioethical issues — argues for permission to buy and sell “made to order” human embryos. From my piece: But designing the embryo […]

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California Legislation to Pay for Human Eggs for Human Cloning

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NOTE: CBC President Jennifer Lahl is currently in Sacramento to provide testimony against this bill Human cloning is in the wind! Researchers are working diligently to learn how to accomplish such asexual reproduction, as can now be done in many animals, including monkeys. Once that happens, expect the debate over the legality and ethics of […]

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The California Stem Cell Fix is In

This is soooo unsurprising: Wathdog David Jensen, author of the stellar California Stem Cell Report blog, discloses that California Institute of Regenerative Medicine has doled over a billion of Californians’ borrowed money to recipients affiated with its directors. From, “Stem Cell Cash Mostly Aids Directors’ Interests:” With its latest round of awards earlier this month, […]

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Failure of Cigarette Tax Bad Sign for California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Proposition 29 was strikingly similar in concept to Proposition 71, which created the benighted California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2004. Proposition 29 would tax cigarettes. Proposition 71 borrowed money. Both were designed to use the money thereby obtained to establish a quasi state agency to fund special research projects, 29 against cancer and 71 […]

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Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad Stem Cell News!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Hype over embryonic stem cell research has been maddening. The media bias, extreme. And many in elected office, intent on using the sector as a special interest source of campaign funds — and believing the cures meme — have been decidedly uninterested in hearing any […]

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California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Borrows and Spends BIG as State Flounders

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When I think about the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, what words come to mind? Well, there’s “arrogance.” “Hubris” also works. “Mismanagement” is on all fours, as we say in the law. “Spendthrift.” “Hype.” “Unaccountable.” I could go on and on. But let’s get back […]

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