Egg Donors

. . . for a human future

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We held our Thirteenth Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner on April 16 in Diablo, California. It was a wonderful gathering where we were able to honor the legacy of Paul Ramsey by presenting Dr. Brent Waters with the Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics and by highlighting the work of our Paul Ramsey Institute. […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Canadians Reject Assisted Suicide for Mentally Ill One would hope this wouldn’t even be considered news, but just common decency. But after the latest news of Canada wanting to extend the practice of physician assisted suicide to physician assistants as well, it’s hard to know where it will stop. I suppose it’s somewhat comforting […]

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Biological Colonialism in Action

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The buying and selling of human eggs is illegal in Australia—but that hasn’t prevented one agency from working around it. ABC News is reporting that Known Egg Donors, a Brisbane based company, recently brought a woman in from South Africa to “donate” her eggs for a local couple. Sadly, this is a familiar tale—those desperate […]

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Gay Couples may be able to have Children Genetically Related to Both Partners

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Thanks to a new method, in vitro gametogenesis (IVG), researchers are getting closer to allowing gay couples to have children that are genetically related to both partners or for a single parent to have a child created of their sole genetic material. This technique could utilize the sperm cells from two fathers or two egg cells […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Adult Stem Cell Treatment Effective Against MS Science Alert reported earlier this week that blood stem cells are proving effective in treating multiple sclerosis patients. This is a very promising development as it once more proves that adult stem cells can be successfully used for healing and treatment—eliminating the need for embryonic stem cells. […]

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Maggie’s Story Needs To Be Told

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A guest post by writer, speaker, and activist Melinda Tankard Reist Maggie, a ten-times egg donor in her early twenties, was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 32. It spread to her liver and bones. To hear her speak of her shame “in admitting that I willingly chose to do something that I thought I was […]

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Who Stood Up For Maggie?

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This is a guest post by H. Rex Greene, M.D. Dr. Greene is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Oncology, and Hospice-Palliative Medicine Maggie’s Story is another cautionary tale of the scientific and ethical gray zone of “assisted reproduction.” In her early twenties, she made ten egg “donations” and received minimal compensation. At age thirty-two she […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. The Price of a Human Egg Litigated Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported on litigation where two women are claiming that the price guidelines for egg “donation” clinics are in violation of antitrust laws. These women argue that the agencies have suppressed the real dollar amount they should be able to get […]

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India’s Infertility Business

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It’s no secret that India has long been a wild and unregulated market for international surrogacy. Western couples that can’t afford the six figure price tag of a surrogate in their own country will often look to the developing world where the practice can be carried out for only a fraction of the cost at […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Another International Surrogacy Arrangement Goes Awry Reuters is reporting that a Thai surrogate has changed her mind and is refusing to release the child she carried for a gay couple in the United States. The couple is claiming that the conflict is now “destroying” their lives. Stories like this are making their ways into […]

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New Documentary Exposes the Exploitation of Another Egg “Donor”

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Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture, producers of the award-winning Eggsploitation (2010, 2013), Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), and Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (2014), announce the release of their new documentary short, Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story. Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story follows one woman’s journey of learning about “helping” others have a child they desperately […]

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U.S. Senate Bill Could Expand the Market for Third Party Reproduction

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will consider S.B. 469, a bill intended “to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their spouses or partners, and for other purposes.” While […]

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First Full Trailer: Maggie’s Story

Our new documentary short explores one woman’s journey through egg donation . . . and its consequences… For more see http://www.cbc-network.org/maggie/

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First Look: Maggie’s Story

Here’s the first trailer for our new film, Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story. It’s a new documentary short that explores one woman’s journey through egg donation . . . and its consequences.  For more on the topic of egg donation, see our white paper on the subject and our feature-length documentary Eggsploitation: The Infertility Industry has […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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One week ago today the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states. The push for “marriage equality” has now resulted in demands for “family equality.” In this special edition of This Week in Bioethics, we alert you to the top five things you need to know about the movement for “Family […]

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“Family Equality” Requires Eggsploitation

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Dear Friend of the CBC: Yesterday we reported on an article in the Los Angeles Times calling for “family equality” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in all fifty states. Among the many egregious omissions in the article are the harms to women who agree to serve as egg donors […]

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Changing Minds

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Jennifer met this morning with colleagues from Japan who have been showing Eggsploitation in their country and carefully surveying audience attitudes before and after viewing the film. Above is a graphic they provided. Notice that all of the categories change as a result of watching the film. The combined “approve” categories shrink from about 30% […]

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Top Ten Posts (#2) #TBT

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We’re now very close to the top of the list on our #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) countdown of the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #2, is a first-person account of egg “donation” gone wrong. It is a powerful testimony, and not surprising that it has been viewed […]

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