Get Ready for a Busy 2014 in Bioethics

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My taskmasters at the CBC never allow me to rest on my laurels. Fresh off several years of stellar prognosticating, I am now forced to answer the question: “But what have you predicted, lately?” Okay, let’s take a look. Oh! Oh my. Please remember, the following predictions are what I see happening. They do not […]

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Auditioning to Sell Your Eggs

Ounce-for-ounce, human eggs are the most valuable commodity in the world — if you are beautiful and intelligent. Why, young college women at elite colleges receive tens of thousands for delivering a microscopic product to would-be parents who don’t just want a child, but one beautiful and smart enough to suit their high standards. That […]

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Egg Donor or Matchmaker?

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Egg donation just got a whole lot sexier (soft of). This news article from the UK’s Dail Mail is a couple of weeks old, but still worth a mention. A new website, Premier Egg Donors, features Facebook style ads for potential couples looking to hire an egg donor for their potential child. Among the women […]

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When Headlines Lie

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We all know headlines are meant to sell news, so we are right to read articles through a discerning lens and even some healthy skepticism. We are also wise to consider the source. Is this a trusted reporter? Is this a reliable journal, paper, or author? You can imagine my sense of outrage when last […]

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Bodies Double as Cash Machines

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In an October 15th article, Bloomberg news reports that “Bodies Double as Cash Machines With U.S. Income Lagging.” Among the many ways Americans are looking to make money during the financial downturn are selling their hair, breast milk, and, unsurprisingly, human eggs. The article profiles a popular fertility clinic in the D.C. Metro area where […]

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“Donate and Preserve” – Just Another Eggsploitation Gimmick?

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Connecticut’s leading fertility center, CT Fertility, run by Dr. Michael Doyle, has announced the launch of a new “Donate and Preserve” program. The program offers repeat egg donors the option to save some of their eggs for their own use later on, should they have problems conceiving. Recognizing the highly educated egg donors in their […]

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Jennifer Lahl Statement on Egg Donation

Dear Delegates at the PACE Hearing, 2nd October, 2013: Having worked with Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE) for more than a decade on several collaborative efforts in both Europe and the United States, I write today to express my serious concerns for the health and well-being of otherwise healthy women who are being targeted for […]

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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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Fertility Alimony?

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In a recent New York Times editorial, Sarah Richards raised some provocative questions as to whether fertility treatment should be covered in divorce settlements. In her op-ed “Alimony for Eggs,” Richards profiles a New Jersey couple where the wife’s lawyer is arguing that the husband should pay $20,000 towards the wife’s egg freezing and storage […]

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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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Advertisin’ on the Railroad, All the Live Long Day

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Today, over at First Things, Matthew Franck blogs about recent advertisements for egg donors that have been posted on the New Jersey Transit. As Franck notes, NJ Transit is full of young college-aged girls taking the train to and from Princeton, Rutgers, and other institutions. These young women are easily tempted by lucrative offers to […]

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Fertility Consultant Thumbs Nose at Law

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It seems that fertility brokers — and clinics and the reproductive lawyers — are getting more aggressive these days. My hunch is that marriage debates are emboldening them to seek more liberal IVF laws in order to assist singles and same-sex couples in family building. Canada, which has laws I quite like (Canada prohibits the […]

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It’s Promise Breaking Time

In California, a bill that would allow researchers to pay women for their eggs is currently on the Governor’s desk, awaiting his signature or veto. At the CBC we have been very busy, working to make the very real risks of the egg retrieval process known so that both lawmakers and the public are fully […]

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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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The Coming Human Cloning Controversies

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I learned about the first successful human cloning last Monday, but couldn’t write about it until Wednesday because of a news embargo. The peer reviewed paper in Cell was rushed to print because is a huge deal. But, much to my surprise, it only made mild news. There were two reasons for that I think. […]

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Press Release: New Research Exploits Women and Commodifies Human Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SAN RAMON, Calif. (May 15, 2013) – The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC) strongly decries the practice of deriving human embryonic stem cells through cloning because it exploits women for their eggs, it commodifies human life, and it is unnecessary. In the June 6, 2013, issue of the scientific journal Cell, […]

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Human Egg Rush

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There’s gold in them thar hills! Ounce for ounce, human eggs are probably the most valuable commodity on the planet, with highly intelligent and beautiful university women offered $50,000 or more for their ova for use in eugenic IVF. If — or better stated, when — human cloning is successfully accomplished, the egg demand will […]

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