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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. Surrogacy Bill Becomes Law in Louisiana Louisiana Governor Edwards has signed into law a bill that makes surrogacy contracts enforceable in his state. Former Louisiana Governor Jindal vetoed similar legislation in 2013 and 2014, and we were hopeful that the new governor and his staff would also be attentive to the strong arguments against […]

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On Louisiana House Bill 1102

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Note: The following letter is being sent on Monday, May 16, 2016, to all members of the Louisiana State Senate Louisiana State Senate P.O. Box 94183 Baton Rouge, LA 70804 Dear Members of the Louisiana State Senate, I am writing to urge you to oppose House Bill 1102. For more than a decade I have written, […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Surrogacy Bill in Louisiana Here we go again. After two previous attempts—thankfully vetoed by then Governor Bobby Jindal—another surrogacy bill has been introduced in the state of Louisiana. This new bill has passed the House, so we will be monitoring it closely while trying to educate the people in Louisiana of the many pitfalls […]

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A Letter in Support of Governor Jindal’s Veto of H.B. 187

To: Members of the Louisiana Legislature As I write, I know that many of you are not happy with the Governor’s decision to veto this bill. Others, perhaps, support the Governor’s action, and some, maybe, are breathing a sigh of relief at not having to add another law, particularly one with such far-reaching implications for […]

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Louisiana Governor Vetoes Second Surrogacy Bill

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We have just learned that Governor Jindal has vetoed H.B. 187, which would have opened the door to create a legal framework for women to enter into a contract in order to carry, deliver, and surrender a child at birth to an infertile couple. This is the second time a surrogacy bill has landed on […]

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Message to Governor Bobby Jindal: Women are Mothers not Breeders

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On April 1 the Louisiana House passed H.B. 187, a gestational surrogacy bill that would provide a legal framework for women to enter into a contract in order to carry, deliver, and surrender a child at birth to an infertile couple. The bill has now passed the Senate and is headed to Governor Bobby Jindal’s […]

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Jindal Vetoes Womb-for-Hire Surrogacy Bill

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The Louisiana Legislature recently passed a bill that threatened to transform the state into our version of India–a country in which destitute and desperate women are exploited for their gestational capacities by a surrogacy industry and its foreign customers (discussed here previously). Good news: Governor Jindal has vetoed. From the Business Report story: Jindal vetoed […]

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Should Adult Desires Trump Children’s Needs?

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Louisiana State Senator Gary Smith took his cues from Hollywood in promoting his new bill legalizing commercial contract pregnancies (gestational surrogacy) in his state. Jennifer parses Senator Smith’s assertion that surrogacy is analogous to “baking bread” in an oven and reveals the underlying commodification of both women and children that is at the heart of […]

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Louisiana: Our India of Surrogacy

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India has long been an international center of biological colonialism, including a shameful industry in surrogate motherhood, in which desperate destitute women sell their gestational capacities — occasionally at the cost of their lives. Now, a bill (SB 162) has overwhelmingly passed the Louisiana Legislature that will bring biological colonialism to the Pelican State by […]

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An Open Letter RE: Louisiana SB 162 (Provides for Surrogacy Contracts)

May 8, 2013 Members of the Louisiana House of Representatives: We are writing to urge your rejection of SB 162, a bill that would allow commercial surrogacy or contract pregnancy in Louisiana. The inevitable consequence of this legislation is that it turns women into exploitable commodities through financial inducement that targets young healthy women. SB […]

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The Big Easy Gets it Done

It passed! Now all that needs to happen is the Governor, Bobby Jindal to sign it into law. And of course he supports the measure. The funding of human cloning research down in Louisiana has been banned! Great news for that state and it gives us a good piece of model legislation to shop around […]

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