Medicine

Babies for Sale, Buyers Beware

Infertility can bring much heartache to couples desperately wanting a baby. Sadly, desperation opens the door for exploitation. Recently, two high-profile surrogacy attorneys, Theresa Erickson and Hilary Neiman, were caught exploiting surrogates, stealing from California taxpayers, and, most horrifically, selling babies. By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President It had already been a bad week for the […]

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Coup de Culture: Octogenarian Cosmetic Breast Implants

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC So an 83-year-old woman has given herself implanted, what my generation used to call, “falsies.” From the CBS story: Marie Kolstad, of Orange County, is the mother of four, the grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother to 12. Last month, Kolstad decided she needed a little […]

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Callahan’s Conundrum: Should We Slow Federal Funding of Research to Control Health Costs?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Bioethics founding father, Daniel Callahan, has long called for a reevaluation of our open-ended approach to medical innovation — a field that he worries has developed a “research imperative” — as a way to prevent a total blowout of health care costs. The idea in […]

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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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Contemporary Medical Oaths Exert Little Professional Pull on New Doctors

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Several years ago, I wrote about the woeful decline in the taking of the Hippocratic Oath, and the pabulum replacements that really did not require new doctors to pledge anything very meaningful at all. From my 2006 piece, “Harm Done,” in NRO: Unfortunately, we live […]

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Baby Joseph Futile Care Case Has Emotional Non Futile Care Wrinkle

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I am going to, perhaps, take a different approach to this dispute than some of my very good friends. A baby in Canada, known as Baby Joseph, has an incurable neurological disease that will result in his eventual death. The hospital wants to unilaterally remove […]

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Futile Care: Open Court is the Right Approach, Not Star Chamber Secrecy

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC A Minnesota futile care theory case illustrates why I believe that disputes over whether to continue wanted life sustaining treatment belong in court, not in secret and confidential bioethics committee meetings. From the story: Lana Barnes entered Hennepin County Probate Court Wednesday morning determined to […]

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Why Is it Wrong For Medical Students to Conduct Body Cavity Exams on the Unconscious?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Very serious charges are being made that some Australian and UK medical students conduct intimate body exams on unconscious patients without consent. From the story: AUSTRALIAN medical students are carrying out intrusive procedures on unconscious and anaesthetised patients without gaining the patient’s consent. The unauthorised […]

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Ethically Thin, Science Unltd.: The Shape of Progressive Bioethics

By Evan Rosa, CBC Communications DirectorReviewed: Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy and Politics, Jonathan D. Moreno and Sam Berger, eds., The MIT Press, 2010“The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.” (G.K. Chesterton, Fancies Versus Fads)Political science, for […]

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The Power of Film to Tell Stories

CBC’s Jennifer Lahl and Wesley J. Smith are occasional writers for ToTheSource.org. Recently ToTheSource interviewed Jennifer.To The Source: How did you become interested in egg donation? What brought this to your attention?Jennifer Lahl: I became interested in it as a broader issue within the various reproductive technologies. I’ve been writing and speaking on reproductive technology […]

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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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New Documentary Eggsploitation Reveals the Infertility Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

For Immediate Release Film Presents the Hidden Dangers, Health Risks, and Exploitation of Young Women Through Egg Donation NEW YORK, NY/July 28, 2010 – The infertility industry has a dirty little secret that is dressed in deceptive advertising, large monetary incentives and appeals to altruism. Using these tactics, the industry targets young, vulnerable women for […]

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The Eggsploited: When Two Markets Collide

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC National Director Louise Brown was born in the United Kingdom on July 25, 1978, the world’s first test-tube baby, conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF). Just five years later in Australia, fertility doctors used the first donor egg in an IVF procedure. Since then, IVF technologies have been accepted almost entirely […]

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Be a Part of CBC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Dear Friends, 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the CBC! We are preparing for some special projects and events throughout the year to commemorate this exciting milestone, and we need your help now more than ever. We will be holding a party and silent auction on September 25, 2010, with very special CBC guests present […]

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eggsploitation ::: summer 2010

The infertility industry in the United States has grown to a multi-billion dollar business. What is its main commodity? Human eggs. Young women all over the world are solicited by ads — via college campus bulletin boards, social media, online classifieds — offering up to $100,000 for their “donated” eggs, to “help make someone’s dream […]

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Deducting Face Lifts in Brazil Devolves Medicine Into Mere Life Style Enablers

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I worry about the devolution of medicine from a healing profession into a lifestyle, on demand, technocratic enabling guild. We see it all around us. Octomom, for example, wasn’t infertile. The IVF she wanted had nothing to do with medicine in the sense of helping […]

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Experience of an Anonymous Egg Donor

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I volunteered to harvest eggs for a friend, whose ovaries had ceased producing eggs in her early 30’s.  She bought donated sperm from a California university sperm bank several years prior to my egg harvest and was being counseled about infertility options.   This was not an “eggs for money” contract.  I volunteered without a compensation […]

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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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