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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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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Can We? Should We? Our Christopher White this week highlighted two ways in which President George W. Bush’s decision — now 15 years ago — to limit federal funding for embryo destructive stem cell research has been vindicated. First, non-embryonic (aka adult) stem cells have proven to be much more powerful and useful that […]

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Let the Fear Mongering Begin

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The ink is barely dry on news that the government of India does not support commercial surrogacy, especially for foreigners coming to India to buy a baby, and the fear mongering has already begun. The Spin Doctor—who by the way is not a doctor, but a reproductive law attorney—sounds the alarm writing, “With India’s Reproductive […]

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Huge Step Forward for Exploited Women…In India. Still Open Season on Poor American Moms

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill O’Reilly 212-396-9117 Statement by Jennifer Lahl President, Center for Bioethics and Culture Network On Ban of Surrogacy Tourism in India October 29, 2015 “Who would have thought that the government of India would act before the U.S. government to protect its low income women from exploitative surrogacy tourism? But that’s […]

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Surrogacy: Children of Dreams, Parents of Means

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A new book tells the story of an infertile couple that has children through Indian surrogacy services—but it glosses over the costs to egg donors, surrogate mothers, and children. Since gestational surrogacy was legalized in 2002, it has become one of the fastest growing industries in India’s rapidly developing economy. A recent World Bank report […]

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Surrogacy in China: Lessons in Candor and Cruelty

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A recent New York Times article highlights the continual rise of surrogacy—this time in China. Surrogacy is illegal in China, but that hasn’t stopped entrepreneurs like Huang Jinlai, founder of Baby Plan Medical Technology Company, from navigating his way around the law to profit from Chinese couples desperate to have children. For the past few […]

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Treating Women Like Dogs

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News is breaking of a woman in India who just gave birth to ten babies at 12 weeks of pregnancy. It is not clear from the story if this woman was a surrogate or an infertile woman undergoing IVF for her own sake. None of the babies survived, which should be of little surprise to […]

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Ugly Reality of Surrogacy Pregnancies

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Here is my letter to the editor in today’s San Francisco Chronicle: Debra J. Saunders’ column “Baby farming isn’t fair” (Oct. 1) brings to light the ugly reality of surrogacy contract pregnancies that many people are woefully unaware of or are unwilling to look at head-on. While we have sympathy for the Kowalskis’ struggle with […]

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Forced Caesareans in India Surrogacy Clinic

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The San Francisco Chronicle has a long and amazing story on surrogacy in India. It reveals how terribly the “gestational carriers” are exploited. For example, in one clinic three-quarters of all the children are born surgically by caesarean — and, it would appear, with inadequate post-surgical pain control. Since these women have no power, one […]

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Biological Colonialism = Outsourcing Ethics

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My pal William Hurlbut — formerly a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics — coined the term “outsourcing ethics.” Here’s what he means: When countries, companies, researchers, or individuals want to do something ethically questionable — but not near where they live — they go to developing nations or places mired in poverty where […]

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Gestational Serfdom of India’s Destitute Women

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India allows its most destitute women to be exploited as if they were brood mares. A surrogacy industry recruits illiterate women, and pays them a pittance to gestate babies on behalf of well off (mostly) Westerners who can’t (or don’t want to) bear their own children. A new Indian study on the industry illustrates some […]

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Do We Need Global Laws Prohibiting Trafficking in Human Eggs?

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I say Yes! And it is partly because of stories like this, which highlight the growth of reproductive tourism. Let’s face it. Reproductive technologies are expensive and the industry is a multi-billion dollar worldwide enterprise. In order to keep the consumers costs low, people in need of eggs are willing to travel in order to […]

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India Mass Sterilization Human Rights Abuses

The hyper-drive to control human population leads to tyranny and abuse. The most infamous example is China’s “one child” policy, which has seen forced abortion, female infanticide, and eugenics. Now, some among the radical environmentalist crowd, want it spread around the world. If they like the one child policy, they will delight at the concerted […]

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Renting Wombs in India Exploits the Powerless

Colonialism used to be about the rich exploiting the resources of other lands. Now, biological colonialism (as I call it) finds well off (mostly) Westerners exploiting destitute people in developing countries for their body parts and functions, essentially using people as natural resources. Renting uteruses of destitute Indian women for their gestational capacities–just one form […]

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Who Speaks For the Child in India Rent a Womb Contracts?

Destitute women in India are the targets of biological colonialism, in which (mostly) Westerners pay brokers to hire the wombs of women to bear the children of well off women who either cant, or don’t want to, themselves. Now, an Indian public policy journal asks what are the rights of the children of such surrogacy […]

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Worldwide Eggsploitation: Egg Donation and Exploitation of Young Women Results in Death

For Immediate Release San Ramon, CA/July 13, 2012—News is just breaking in India about Sushma Pandey, a 17-year-old young woman who died in 2010, two days after her third “egg donation.” Her death is being attributed to the procedures used to extract eggs from healthy, desirable young females like Ms. Pandey. These eggs are often […]

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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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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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