Reproductive Technology

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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“Souls on Ice” and the Surrogate Women Who Would Be Their Mothers

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Through our documentary film work we have told the stories of women harmed from their decision to “donate” their eggs, we’ve interviewed young men and women who are speaking out about their being born of anonymous sperm donation, and we’ve told the stories of surrogate mothers who were treated like Breeders and bonded with the […]

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The Birds and the Bees and Children’s Literature

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When my children were younger we spent a lot of time at our local public library. We went to the weekly story time and the annual fairs, joined the summer reading programs to win prizes for books read, and spent a lot of time sitting on rugs and tiny chairs reading, reading, and reading. It’s […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. New Study Evidences that Egg Freezing “Doesn’t Always Work” A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine found a success rate of only 43% of live births for women who freeze their eggs. Fresh eggs yield a success rate that is only slightly higher at 50%. As the high failure rates evidence, the practice of egg […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. China Prohibits Egg Freezing, Encourages Sale of Sperm China has long held a ban on single women freezing their eggs, but now in light of the decision by Juhuasuan, a Chinese company affiliated with Alibaba (the Chinese equivalent to eBay) to begin selling sperm, some Chinese women are pushing back against “reproductive inequalities.” Here at […]

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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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Surrogacy and Same-Sex Marriage: A Tale of Two Countries

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As skeptics in Ireland feared and the naïve in the United States are now realizing, “marriage equality” inevitably leads to the push for “family equality” through third-party reproduction. Just days before Irish citizens voted in favor of same-sex marriage in May, a headline in the Independent warned: “surrogacy fears could sink ‘Yes’ campaign.” During the […]

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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/

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Embryo Selection on the Rise It’s been a big week for embryo-selection technology. Earlier this week the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlighted a new technology, EmbryoScope, that is both an incubator for embryos as well as a camera that takes photos of the embryos to monitor their development. As I mentioned earlier this week, 60 Minutes highlighted the […]

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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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This Week in Bioethics

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One week ago today the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states. The push for “marriage equality” has now resulted in demands for “family equality.” In this special edition of This Week in Bioethics, we alert you to the top five things you need to know about the movement for “Family […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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The Economist Endorses Physician Assisted Suicide The editorial board of The Economist, a well-regarded weekly magazine, endorsed physician assisted suicide this week. In a provocative editorial, they write: “Competent adults are allowed to make other momentous, irrevocable choices: to undergo a sex change or to have an abortion. People deserve the same control over their […]

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Promising New Treatment for Infertility

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A previously infertile twenty-seven year old woman in Belgium recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy after a transplant of her own frozen ovarian tissue. At age thirteen, her ovary was frozen prior to undergoing chemotherapy and receiving a bone marrow transplant to treat her Sickle Cell Anemia. This procedure is being hailed as […]

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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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What’s Wrong with Third Party Assisted Reproduction?

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Here is a new resource we’ve developed in order to highlight and provide references to medical and scientific literature on issues that arise in third-party reproduction. The information is divided into three sections that address: Health and psychological risks to women serving as egg vendors or surrogates Health and psychological risks to the children born […]

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3-Parent Children as Human Experiments

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If the “we never say no” Human Embryo Authority in the UK approves the creation of 3-parent embryos, it would be permitting blatant human experimentation on children. Indeed, I don’t see any other way to look at it. Note the quote below. From the Associated Press story: Britain’s fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create […]

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Who Cares About IVF Dangers?

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The British Medical Journal has published a cautionary article warning of the potential dangers of IVF. From “Are We Overusing IVF?” Extended use of IVF also increases the risk of harm. Multiple pregnancies are associated with maternal and perinatal complications such as gestational diabetes, fetal growth restriction, and pre-eclampsia as well as premature birth. And […]

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Her: A Cautionary Tale

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Spike Jonze’s film Her, currently out in theaters and an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, is a cautionary tale of the future that awaits us if we continue to hail technology as our savior. Set in the not too distant Los Angeles, Tom Twombly (masterfully portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix) is reeling from a failed […]

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