in vitro technologies

In Vitro Fantasies

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Yesterday the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology announced that IVF birth rates reached an all time high in 2012, accounting for 1.5% of all births in the United States. Incidentally, this news reached me just a few hours after I completed an interview with a woman who went down the path of several failed IVF cycles […]

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Money Changes Everything

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President When the news broke that Mitt and Ann Romney welcomed grandchildren numbers 17 and 18 this past Friday via “gestational surrogacy,” those of us here at CBC central—who oppose commercialized conception—wondered where the bottom is in these murky waters of assisted reproduction. Tagg Romney posted this on his facebook page […]

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Biological Colonialism: Dutch Controversy Over Anything Goes IVF

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC IVF was promised as a generally minor matter that would be available for married couples, otherwise unable, to have biological children. Of course, that relatively conservative agenda held for about two seconds. It is now a huge industry, with unmarried people using it to get […]

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IVF Clinics Supply Embryos For Destructive Research Without Consent of Egg Donors

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When a woman donates her eggs for one purpose — to help another woman have a child — is it right and ethical to instead use embryos made from her gametes for destructive research without her knowledge or consent? A survey of IVF clinics has […]

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In a “Choice Revolution” There Are No “Ethical Boundaries”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I first heard the euphemistic term “selective reduction,” at a bioethics conference at which I was speaking in Banff, Alberta. I don’t remember the year, probably about a decade ago. I was speaking on assisted suicide, and as I awaited my turn, the speaker before […]

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The Higher They are The Harder They Fall

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President Pacific Reproductive Center (PRC) of Southern California (AKA, the reproductive tourist capital of the world) has just announced the opening of an on-site laboratory with breakthrough technology that has the ability to analyze all 46 chromosomes (23 from the mother and 23 from the father) of a human embryo within […]

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager Yesterday I stumbled across a post on a bicycling blog highlighting a European sperm bank’s Sperm Bike. It seems they wanted an environmentally-friendly way to transport sperm samples to various fertility clinics around Copenhagen. And someone came up with the idea of a custom designed sperm bike. CEO […]

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Big IVF: Couple Must Pay Gestational Carrier Child Support

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Big IVF–for that is what it has become, a rich and politically powerful industry–objectifies human beings and distorts familial and other relationships in the name of making babies. It objectifies women as egg farms and womb leasing merchants. It objectifies embryos, what with culling out […]

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The New Eugenics: Selecting for Intelligence — Or, What’s Love Got to do With It, Julian Savulescu?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Eugenics is both profoundly wrong and extremely dangerous in that it divides human beings into better and worse categories, which leads to great evil; oppression, exploitation, and killing. We saw that with the first eugenics, invented by the English statistician Francis Galton, who posited a […]

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Objectifying Birth Mothers as “Gestational Carriers”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I thought that language which dehumanized women was supposed to be verboten. But in the procreation as manufacture world of IVF, surrogate mothers, who used to be known as birth mothers, are now called “gestational carriers.” As in the recent birth of a child for […]

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Planned Premature Birth Another Sign of Procreation as Manufacture

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Reproduction, we are now told, is a fundamental right. That sounds good. We don’t want government preventing people from having children. But under this theory, the right to reproduce has become more than just the right to have children. Women who don’t want their babies […]

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Biological Colonialism at the Movies

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC HBO has a documentary out that apparently highlights the baby gestating industry that is growing in India, which I have dealt with before (see here and here and here). Christianity Today takes note in its Women’s Blog. From “Outsourcing Baby Making in India:” Two scenes […]

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IVF: No Liability in Ireland for Using Sperm With “Black” Genes

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC IVF has changed our attitudes and expectations about bearing children, and not necessarily for the better. Instead of unconditionally loving the child who we receive, some instead demand the right to obtain the child they want. And that can lead to litigation when the parents […]

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A Noble Nobel?

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2010 has been awarded to Robert G. Edwards for the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Edwards is part of the famous Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards duo, who were partners in the lab for years, trying to fertilize a human egg and thus create an embryo […]

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The Phones Have Been Ringing

Nothing like waking up to the news that the Father of IVF has won the Nobel prize. Phones have been ringing. Writing about it all now. More soon. Robert Edward wins 2010 Nobel prize in medicine for in-vitro fertizilation Robert G. Edwards’s breakthrough development of in vitro fertilization, which led to the birth of the […]

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The Resistance: Sex, Lies and Greed

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC National Director The history of medicine has long been rooted in the ancient Hippocratic concept primum non nocere — “first, do no harm.” Yet we are living in a time in which the crazy train of advancing techno-medical practice is coming off its Hippocratic rails like never before. Case in point: […]

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New and safer infertility treatment produces healthy twins

Check this out! More information on in vitro maturation, or also known as IVM. in-vitro maturation or IVM, enables infertile couples to conceive without the need for the woman to take powerful hormonal drugs to stimulate her ovaries. I just did a radio interview on the New Jersey cloning bill taking place today. Once this […]

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