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U.S. Surrogate Mother Exploited by Spanish Couple Visiting Spain: Surrogacy is Exploitation, Practice Should Remain Illegal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: media@StopSurrogacyNow.com ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** U.S. SURROGATE MOTHER EXPLOITED BY SPANISH COUPLE VISITING SPAIN SURROGACY IS EXPLOITATION, PRACTICE SHOULD REMAIN ILLEGAL LEADING INTERNATIONAL FEMINISTS ALARMED BY THE DRAMATIC SPREAD OF GESTATIONAL SURROGACY AND COMMERCIAL EGG FARMING — BUYING AND SELLING CHILDREN, WHICH IS OUTLAWED IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD — WILL HOLD […]

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Spanish Resources

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As Jennifer and I prepare to go to Spain next month we are having some of our materials translated into Spanish. Our film Breeders: A Subclass of Women? has been available with Spanish subtitles for several months now. You can watch Criadoras:¿Una clase inferior de mujeres? on Vimeo and choose Spanish or English closed captioning. […]

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Jennifer Lahl at the United Nations: Stop this Global Trading on the Female Body

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Last week when I was in New York to host and moderate our Trading on the Female Body event—which was a success beyond our expectations (please be sure to watch or re-watch the video of the event on Facebook or YouTube!)—I also testified at the United Nations. The UN event was entitled “Root Causes of Trafficking in […]

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What A Great Event!

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Our Trading on the Female Body event yesterday in New York was a terrific success. Before the event even started, we had to bring in more chairs, and we ended up with people standing in the back and sitting on the floor down the sides. Both panels did a wonderful job, and the audience was […]

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Women are Not for Rent, Children are Not for Sale

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On Monday I wrote about ongoing work in Minnesota to resist efforts that would enshrine surrogacy into law there, and linked to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. On Tuesday, The Star Tribune ran a piece by Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, seeking to present a fuller picture of the […]

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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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We Don’t Yet Fully Understand all of the Implications

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NPR recently ran an article on the latest developments in the area of “three-parent embryos.” Such embryos are being created in an effort to help those who carry a genetic defect in their mitochondrial DNA. The article is a long and at times technical read, but the upshot is that there is much scientists do […]

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“Gilmore Girls’” Subtle Critique of Surrogacy

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GUEST POST by Chaney Mullins Spoiler Alert: This piece reveals several details of the four new episodes of Gilmore Girls recently released on Netflix. Gilmore Girls, about single mom Lorelai and her daughter Rory, always stood out as the paramount mother-daughter show, so it always had a lot to say about motherhood. But the Netflix […]

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Watch A Public Conversation on Surrogacy

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Julie Bindel, an original signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now statement who is a journalist, author, and human rights campaigner, traveled from her home in London to California’s San Francisco Bay Area in order to work with The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC), an organizational signer of the statement. Julie joined CBC Founder & […]

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Join Us In Person OR via Facebook LIVE

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UPDATE: Video of the event is here! Facebook video: YouTube: I hope that if you are in the Bay Area you will be able to join us in person on Friday night for a conversation on surrogacy with Julie Bindel, a renowned British expert on surrogacy (full details below). (Please get your tickets via eventbrite […]

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Did you know? California is the Reproductive Tourist Capital of the World!

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Join us for a Conversation onSurrogacy with Julie Bindel Journalist, Author, Human Rights Campaigner Against the Sexual Abuse of Women Special Bay Area only Event! Friday, November 11 The HUB, 3380 Vincent Rd, Pleasant Hill, California Even if you cannot join us, please help us spread the word — let your friends in the Bay […]

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Public Policy and the Health of Young Mothers

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On September 13, CBC Founder and President Jennifer Lahl testified by phone before the Minnesota Legislative Committee on Surrogacy. The committee is holding a series of meetings on the issue this summer, and this meeting focused on the medical and psychological risks of surrogacy to women and children. CBC Executive Director Matthew Eppinette testified before the […]

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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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ICYMI — Our First Live Video Q&A

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In case you missed it, on Friday morning (Pacific time), Jennifer and I did our first ever live Q&A, an “Ask Us Anything About #Bioethics.” First of all, THANK YOU to all who participated. We had a number of great questions on several different areas of bioethics. The 20 minute video is archived on our […]

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Facebook Live Video Event

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This Friday, August 26 at 9:00am Pacific (Noon Eastern, 16:00 GMT), CBC Founder and President Jennifer Lahl and I will be appearing live on The Center for Bioethics and Culture Facebook page, taking questions on any area of bioethics. We often categorize the areas of bioethics under the headings of Taking Life (assisted suicide, euthanasia, stem […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Countering Physician Assisted Suicide: A How To Guide Ashton Ellis, one of our Paul Ramsey Institute Fellows, wrote a very insightful article on the ways in which proponents of physician assisted suicide have engaged in an active, and sadly very successful, campaign to spread the word that doctors in California may now legally kill […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. When is it Too Old to Have a Baby? Another post-menopausal woman (age 62), along with her 78 year old partner, has just given birth, making her Australia’s oldest mother, thanks to IVF. The Australian Medical Association has denounced this birth as “selfish and wrong” with no consideration for the child’s best interest. This […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. UNFPA Announces Opposition to Commercial Surrogacy The Phnom Penh Post reports that the United Nations Population Fund opposes the legalization of commercial surrogacy. This is an important development as Cambodia considers how surrogacy should be treated in the country in the wake of high-profile surrogacy scandals in Thailand, India, and Nepal. “Reproductive health, surrogacy, […]

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