This Week in Bioethics #112

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1. David vs. Goliath We are very close to finishing our latest film! We have the story nailed down and edited, we’re working on adding in all the b-roll, then we’ll be recording Jennifer’s narration, finalizing the edits, cutting the trailers, developing the full slate of marketing materials, and more. In this film we are […]

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Taking on Big Fertility David vs. Goliath Style!

David and Goliath

Raise your hand if you can’t believe how fast 2018 is flying by! As I write, it’s almost May, nearly halfway through the year—wow how time flies. I’m just back from speaking at Harvard Law School, and the students there were very busy with final papers and end of year exams. Of course, this was […]

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A Significant, Good Samaritan Difference

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We asked Jennifer’s husband Dan to bring a Call to Action at the end of our recent Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. Dan has supported The Center for Bioethics and Culture since it was merely an idea, and he has had a front-row seat to watch that idea come to fruition and grow to what it […]

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New Interview with Jennifer Lahl

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This week Jennifer is in Washington, D.C., speaking, meeting with allies, and catching up with long-time friends. She took time out from her schedule to sit down with a reporter from The Christian Post to discuss the film we’re currently working on and the larger issue of surrogacy. Here are a few excerpts from the […]

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UPDATE: Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story (or Want to be a movie producer? Here’s how!)

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I just wanted to give you a brief update on our important project, Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story (full details below). In only one week’s time, we’ve raised nearly half the budget we need to go to South Dakota and continue the work on our film. Two of our supporters have even given $1,000, […]

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2016 Winners and Losers

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Each year at this time we look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. Winners: Stephanie Packer is more than a winner; she really is a hero. Sitting down with her while making […]

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Film Recommendation: “Alive Inside”

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Thanks to Facebook’s “On This Day” feature I was this morning reminded of the film Alive Inside, which I wrote about enthusiastically two years ago this week. As I wrote then, my encouragement is for you to “see the film if and when you can.” I definitely still feel that way. Alive Inside is currently […]

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TWO of Our Films Selected for Festival

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We’ve just received some great news. Our films Maggie’s Story and Eggsploitation are BOTH Official Selections of the Silicon Valley International Film Festival. The festival will be held in December, and we are very excited to be able to participate. Thank you — we could not have made and distributed these important films without your […]

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Maggie’s Story on Amazon

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In July of last year, we released our first documentary short film, Maggie’s Story, on the Vimeo On Demand website. Today we are very pleased to announce that Maggie’s Story is now available on Amazon. For those who are Amazon Prime members, Maggie’s Story is FREE! Others may rent the film for $2.99 or purchase […]

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Some Choices You Don’t Get to Make: What’s Wrong with Me Before You

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I’m just back from watching the controversial new film Me Before You, which opened on Friday, June 3, to modest reviews and much protest from disability rights groups like Not Dead Yet. Both the film’s screenplay and the best-selling book upon which it’s based were written by novelist JoJo Moyes. The film’s main characters are […]

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FREE: Watch Anonymous Father’s Day on YouTube

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We are announcing it here first: For the rest of the month of June, in honor of Father’s Day, we are offering our documentary Anonymous Father’s Day for free on YouTube (–8g). If you haven’t yet seen this powerful film—an Official Selection of the California Independent Film Festival and the Rome International Film Festival—now is […]

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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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The Human Body and the Death of Normalcy?

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Regan Brashear has done us all a favor by directing and producing the documentary film Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement. Fixed, a New Day Digital film, was released in 2013, and I’m happy to have heard about it and to have been given a chance to watch it. I confess, on watching the trailer, […]

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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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Surrogacy Up Close: “Points of Origin”

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“If I had the money, I wouldn’t do this.” These are the words offered by Anjali, the hired surrogate for R.J. and Rosemary in a beautiful and well-crafted new short film, Points of Origin, by filmmaker Anya Leta that explores the tensions of commercial surrogacy in India. While R.J. is a native of India, he […]

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Alive Inside

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Over the weekend I attended a screening of the documentary Alive Inside, which won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It’s easy to see why it won the award—it is a very well made documentary that engages viewers in a range of emotions. The film raises a number of points related to […]

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What to Watch

When Jennifer and I went to UC Irvine a few weeks ago to show Breeders, I casually referenced the film Gattaca during the Q&A that followed the screening. Even as I was saying it, I wondered how many people in the room had seen the film, now 17 years old. I don’t remember Gattaca being […]

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Introduction and Orientation

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In the wake of last week’s naming of 2012’s winners and losers in the arena of bioethics, we thought it might be helpful to bring our three films to your attention. The films provide an introduction and orientation to crucial issues in bioethics and how the CBC addresses them. These films have been shown around […]

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