Repro Tech

The Cold Chain of Precious Cargo

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Wired has just published a close look at the global cold chain of eggs, sperm, and embryos headed to the latest destination where paid surrogacy is legal: “Inside the Hidden Global Supply Chain for Frozen Sperm, Eggs, and Embryos.” Typically, a cold chain is the transportation of things that have a limited shelf-life. Think food […]

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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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Surrogacy Show and Tell

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Redbook magazine has a new online gallery of photos that “capture the beauty surrogacy.” The surrogate pregnancy adventure was chronicle by a birth photographer with the intended parent boasting that “Surrogacy can be just as special and beautiful as a natural pregnancy and birth.” As we often remark at the CBC, we live in a story […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Physician Assisted Suicide Fails to Gain Traction in Colorado After a bill to legalize physician assisted suicide was voted down by a Colorado House Committee and received only tepid support from the Senate Committee, the bill’s champion Roland Halpern of Compassion & Choices, a group dedicated to promoting physician assisted suicide, was forced to […]

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Of Sperm and Smart Phones

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Smart phones are all the rage—and have been for some time. Every time a new model is released, tales of individuals scheming up new ways to get their hands on one appear in the news. Individuals camping out on city sidewalks for an entire week. Some folks selling their engagement rings to have the cash […]

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Fertility Treatments Give Birth to Depression

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A new study from the University of Copenhagen found that “women who give birth after receiving fertility treatment are five times more likely to develop depression compared to women who don’t give birth.” While the study does not attempt to answer why these women experience depression, it raises important questions worth considering and adds to the […]

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Modern Family

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As much of our work in recent years has evidenced, the traditional boundaries of family life have expanded, in large part due to reproductive technology. Babymaking has shifted from the bedroom to the laboratory, with reproduction becoming a very technical, planned, contracted action. A news story out this week from Vice evidences this to stunning […]

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U.S. Senate Bill Could Expand the Market for Third Party Reproduction

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will consider S.B. 469, a bill intended “to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their spouses or partners, and for other purposes.” While […]

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First Full Trailer: Maggie’s Story

Our new documentary short explores one woman’s journey through egg donation . . . and its consequences… For more see http://www.cbc-network.org/maggie/ Share Tweet Stumble Share Pin

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Breeding Out Disease (Or Gender)

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Last night 60 Minutes aired an episode highlighting the rise of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), where doctors screen an embryo to test for genetic mutations that may lead to eventual diseases. Advocates of this technology laud that fact that it could be used to test for and prevent muscular dystrophy, breast cancer, and even Alzheimer’s. […]

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A “Product of Surrogacy” (Interview Video)

Last weekend we held The Twelfth Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner, and it was a great success. As part of the evening, I interviewed Jessica Kern, a young woman who was born through a commercial surrogacy arrangement and who describes herself as "a product of surrogacy." It was moving and powerful to hear her story, […]

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Free Speech or Censorship in the Public Square?

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On Saturday, April 11, CBC President Jennifer Lahl is slated to speak on the ethics of third party reproduction at Stanford University’s Anscombe Society’s second annual Facing History conference. She has been invited to speak on the ethics of third party reproduction, which is a fitting part of a discussion on the sexual revolution as […]

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A Celebration of Devastation

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The Hollywood Reporter has a story out with the provocative (clickbait?) title, “23 HOLLYWOOD MOMS WITH SAME SPERM DONOR AND ONE CRAZY VACATION.” I call it clickbait because that’s not what the article is about at all. Instead, the article is a celebration of all the uses to which reproductive technologies can be put, and […]

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Shouldn’t They Just Be Grateful to Be Alive?

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I often hear this question when I tell someone I’ve been part of making documentary films on third-party reproduction: surrogacy, sperm donation, and egg donation. We address this in the films, but it deserves to be addressed again and again Rebecca Taylor has done just that in an article provocatively titled, “Shut Up, and Be […]

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Top Ten Posts (#5) #TBT

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We’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #5, is a warning and plea on egg donation. From “Thinking About Donating Your Eggs? Think Again” The egg donation process is inherently risky, from beginning to end. What are those risks? […]

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The Selfishness of Sperm Donation

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A recent essay in the New York Times tells the story of a lesbian couple in Brooklyn who used the sperm of one of their friends in California to conceive their son. By happenstance, the sperm donor and his wife became pregnant shortly thereafter, and the writer cheerfully claims that it was their Californian friends’ […]

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A Case of Surrogacy’s Gordian Knot

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What a mess. What a God-awful mess the new reproductive technologies in general—and commercial surrogacy, in particular—are making of family life. What a legal, emotional, and moral mess. Case in point: A commercial surrogacy contract was litigated in Tennessee all the way to the state’s Supreme Court—which was forced to sort out the chaos that […]

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The Happy Surrogate Families

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In addition to the tragic stories of surrogacy gone wrong, there are families and surrogates with “happy endings.” It is important to hear these stories, too, and to respond to the arguments they make in favor of surrogacy. Since the release of my latest film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, and with the media attention […]

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