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This Week in Bioethics

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1. California Physician Assisted Suicide Bill on Governor Brown’s Desk On the heels of last week’s decision by the California state legislature to pass physician assisted suicide, pressure is now on Governor Jerry Brown to veto the legislation. This week the American College of Physicians sent a letter to the governor encouraging him to do […]

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Outreach Opportunity

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Dear Friend: As we look forward to the beginning of another academic year, no shortage of ink has been spilled to describe the significance of the college years. College is an intense and formative period where friendships are forged, ideas are debated, and for many, long held views are challenged in profound and sometimes life […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Nepal Bans Commercial Surrogacy The Supreme Court of Nepal has banned commercial surrogacy in the country—delivering a win for women and children alike. Some commentators are twisting the news saying it would negatively effect gay couples in Israel who previously relied on Nepal’s surrogacy business. As we have long held, no one—gay, straight, married, […]

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A Summer in Review

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It has been an eventful summer here at the CBC! In May, the International Campaign to Stop Surrogacy Now was launched, and CBC was an original signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now Statement. Stop Surrogacy Now is a truly international movement that has secured the support of an array of prominent international voices—more than 5,000 people from well […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. New Study Evidences that Egg Freezing “Doesn’t Always Work” A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine found a success rate of only 43% of live births for women who freeze their eggs. Fresh eggs yield a success rate that is only slightly higher at 50%. As the high failure rates evidence, the practice of egg […]

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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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Biological Colonialism in Nigeria

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In an article that reads more like fiction that it does news, a prominent Nigerian has expressed his support of the practice of surrogacy and his puzzlement over Nigeria’s prohibition of it. According to Reno Omokri, “Every civilized nation accepts and promotes this practice as a humane option for childless couples.” Sadly—though perhaps unsurprisingly—Mr. Omokri […]

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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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This Week in Bioethics

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Mitochondrial Disease Research Makes Progress Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported on the fact that two new experiments—one using cell reprogramming and the other using cloning—have led to progress against mitochondrial disease. While we encourage ethically informed research that could reduce or eliminate the disease, we oppose any type of experimentation that will […]

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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/ Share Tweet +1 Stumble Share PinShares 0

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Embryo Selection on the Rise It’s been a big week for embryo-selection technology. Earlier this week the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlighted a new technology, EmbryoScope, that is both an incubator for embryos as well as a camera that takes photos of the embryos to monitor their development. As I mentioned earlier this week, 60 Minutes highlighted the […]

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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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