Reproductive Technology

This Week in Bioethics

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1. Couples Pursuing Surrogacy in India Now in Limbo Due to India’s recent ban on international commercial surrogacy, a number of foreign couples in process of utilizing an Indian surrogate are scrambling. Some have frozen embryos they are trying to have shipped to their respective countries, while others have surrogates that are already in the […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. New Medicare Rule Authorizes End of Life Consultations Last Friday the Obama administration issued a final rule that requires Medicare to pay physicians for end-of-life consultations. On its face, there is nothing necessarily harmful about this—and, indeed, many physicians and patients will benefit from this, as will families who will have an opportunity to […]

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Adventures in Fertility?

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Jason Gay, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, had an essay in the weekend edition of the paper on a different sort of game for him: fertility medicine. In a casual and, at times, humorous essay, “Adventures in Fertility,” Mr. Gay discusses the woes of waiting until one’s mid-thirties to begin trying to […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Australian High Court Rules BRCA1 Gene Cannot Be Patented The Australian High Court has issued a final ruling that the BRCA gene cannot be patented. Mutations of the BRCA1 gene often lead to higher risks of breast cancer and other cancers. This ruling overturns two lower level court rulings but follows similar rulings in […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. American Surrogate Mother Dies On October 8th, Brooke Lee Brown of Burley, Idaho died of complications from a surrogate pregnancy. Shortly thereafter, the two twins she was carrying for a couple in Spain, where surrogacy is illegal, also passed away. To date, there’s been a media blackout. No major outlets are reporting on this […]

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1. Adult Stem Cell Treatment Effective Against MS Science Alert reported earlier this week that blood stem cells are proving effective in treating multiple sclerosis patients. This is a very promising development as it once more proves that adult stem cells can be successfully used for healing and treatment—eliminating the need for embryonic stem cells. […]

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Australia May Change Sperm Donation Laws

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The Herald Sun is reporting that a new bill in Australia may give sperm donor conceived children greater access to their biological history — and most importantly, the ability to know their fathers. The measure, however, is controversial, as it would give access to information that was previously deemed confidential. Many sperm “donors” often agree to […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Human Sperm Grown in Laboratory A French team announced earlier this week that they have grown sperm by culturing immature cells taken from the testes of infertile men. While many are optimistic that it could help young men who are rendered sterile from cancer treatments and adult men who cannot produce sperm, some also […]

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The Rest of the Story

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Dear Friend, This summer the Supreme Court handed down a decision that will forever change the nature of our work at the Center for Bioethics and Culture. Now that same-sex marriage is allowed in all 50 states, the movement for “marriage equality” has shifted to a push for “family equality.” This is a game changer […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Quebec Establishes Guidelines for Euthanasia The group responsible for regulating doctors in Quebec has announced that it will soon issue formal guidelines for euthanasia within the province. As a part of this practice, doctors will receive “suicide kits” complete with the proper instructions and injections to kill their patients. Rather than physicians prescribing the […]

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Another Modern Family Mess

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Since the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing for gay marriage in all fifty states, we’ve spent a lot of time warning you about the new push for the false idea of “family equality.” Proponents of this idea hold that all couples have an equal right to children. Earlier this week, a New York Post columnist […]

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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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“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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