surrogacy

This Week in Bioethics

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1. #StopSurrogacyNow Jessica Allen’s surrogacy story picked up even more press this week: Washington Post, BBC, People magazine, Inside Edition, PopSugar, The Independent, LiveScience, Mom.me, and more. You may remember that she was pregnant with a baby for a Chinese couple and with her own child at the same time, and she had to fight […]

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A Case for Abolishing all Forms of Surrogacy

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Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow have picked up and republished an article that tackles head-on the common idea that unpaid or “altruistic” surrogacy may be okay. This is an argument we often hear: it’s really the money that corrupts things, if surrogacy is done without the money or with only reimbursement for actual expenses — not […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Another Surrogacy Nightmare Yesterday’s New York Post profiled a young California mother who served as a surrogate mother for a Chinese couple. When she saw the twin boys she’d delivered she said, “Wow! They look different.” One of the boys was Chinese, the other was half-white, half African-American, the child of Jessica and her […]

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Surrogacy: Messy and Complicated

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Today’s New York Post profiles Jessica Allen, a young mother from Perris, Calif., who served as a surrogate mother for a Chinese couple. Spoiler alert: this surrogacy case is particularly messy and complicated. Jessica carried and gave birth to twin boys, Mike and Max. Because the delivery was made via C-section, Jessica was not able […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. SCOTUS Declines to Hear Surrogacy Case As far as I know, nothing we’ve posted on social media has ever gotten more reach or engagement that this news. It’s a case we have been involved in and followed from the very beginning. The Federalist’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s denial says it all. [I]f there were […]

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#StopSurrogacyNow: New Book Announcement “Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation”

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Our #StopSurrogacyNow campaign this week announced a new book by Dr. Renate Klein, an original signer of the #StopSurrogacyNow Statement and long-term women’s health researcher from Australia. She has written extensively on reproductive technologies and feminist theory over the last 30 years. Her book, Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation, will be published in November 2017, […]

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In Case You Missed It

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Many bioethics stories cross our inboxes and screens each day. Some we write about here and in other venues, and others we simply blurb or write a short comment on via our social media outlets. Of course, not everyone is on social media or follows us there, so I thought I’d collect a few items […]

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New Interview with Jennifer Lahl

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This week Jennifer is in Washington, D.C., speaking, meeting with allies, and catching up with long-time friends. She took time out from her schedule to sit down with a reporter from The Christian Post to discuss the film we’re currently working on and the larger issue of surrogacy. Here are a few excerpts from the […]

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UPDATE: Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story (or Want to be a movie producer? Here’s how!)

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I just wanted to give you a brief update on our important project, Help Us Tell Kelly’s Surrogacy Story (full details below). In only one week’s time, we’ve raised nearly half the budget we need to go to South Dakota and continue the work on our film. Two of our supporters have even given $1,000, […]

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Recap of Our Trip to Spain, Surrogacy Fiction and Fact, A Call for Egg Donor Follow-up Research

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#StopSurrogacyNow in Spain Jennifer and I spent last week in Madrid, Spain, as part of our Stop Surrogacy Now project. Among the members of the Stop Surrogacy Now coalition joining us there was Pierrette Pape, Policy and Campaigns Director for the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). She wrote a recap of our time together, and it […]

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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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In Part True and in Part Woefully Misleading

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CBS Minnesota reports that a group of the state’s legislators has introduced a bill seeking to establish surrogacy in the laws of Minnesota. Two things particularly worth noting in this story are: The name of the bill: “Minnesota Gestational Carrier Act.” This is terribly dehumanizing of the women who act as surrogate mothers. The purpose of […]

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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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Leading the Opposition to Surrogacy

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Over the weekend, the Minneapolis newspaper reported on the ongoing legislative discussion of surrogacy in Minnesota. In the article they highlighted our work along side others in the state: Besides the Catholic conference, the opposition here is led by the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network based in California, which produces documentaries with titles such as […]

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Save The Date: March 14 Surrogacy: Trading on the Female Body

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The Stop Surrogacy Now Campaign is hosting an event during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW61) in New York. The event is titled “Trading on The Female Body” and will take place on March 14 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at The Benjamin Hotel. Original Signers of the Stop Surrogacy […]

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