Third Party Reproduction

This Week in Bioethics

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1. Egg “Donation” and Its Consequences We were contacted this week by Leah, a young woman who “donated” her eggs this summer. She found us as she researched how to deal with the complications she suffered, and continues to suffer, in the wake of her “donation”. Five days after her egg retrieval, her husband took […]

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FREE: Watch Anonymous Father’s Day on YouTube

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We are announcing it here first: For the rest of the month of June, in honor of Father’s Day, we are offering our documentary Anonymous Father’s Day for free on YouTube (https://youtu.be/fFd94VE–8g). If you haven’t yet seen this powerful film—an Official Selection of the California Independent Film Festival and the Rome International Film Festival—now is […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Call for Open, Transparent Discussion Denied Last Friday, 150 scientists, physicians, and bioethicists released an open letter calling for the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider moving or postponing the upcoming Olympic Games because of how much we simply do not know about the Zika virus, which is epidemic in Brazil. Specifically, the call […]

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Dear Adele

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Dear Adele, I’m a huge fan. You have talent that is unbelievable, and you seem lovely, kind, funny, and very witty. I loved you in Carpool Karaoke, and you were brilliant when you auditioned as an Adele impersonator. But hello, can you hear me? You have such a big following, and when you offered to […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Coldhearted Sperm “Donor” Glad to No Longer be “Donating” This story caught my attention because of the sheer callousness it demonstrates in a person who donated his sperm to “help others” have a baby. A happily married father of two who is now a physician laments a law in the U.K. that allows children […]

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Let the Fear Mongering Begin

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The ink is barely dry on news that the government of India does not support commercial surrogacy, especially for foreigners coming to India to buy a baby, and the fear mongering has already begun. The Spin Doctor—who by the way is not a doctor, but a reproductive law attorney—sounds the alarm writing, “With India’s Reproductive […]

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Huge Step Forward for Exploited Women…In India. Still Open Season on Poor American Moms

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill O’Reilly 212-396-9117 Statement by Jennifer Lahl President, Center for Bioethics and Culture Network On Ban of Surrogacy Tourism in India October 29, 2015 “Who would have thought that the government of India would act before the U.S. government to protect its low income women from exploitative surrogacy tourism? But that’s […]

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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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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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Another Sperm Donation Goes Wrong

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Much media attention has been devoted to the case of Jennifer Cramblett—the white Midwestern mother who is suing her sperm bank for providing her with the sperm of a black man, resulting in the birth of her biracial daughter, Payton. Following the debate over the case, there’s been no shortage of opinions: some believe that […]

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Surrogacy: Children of Dreams, Parents of Means

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A new book tells the story of an infertile couple that has children through Indian surrogacy services—but it glosses over the costs to egg donors, surrogate mothers, and children. Since gestational surrogacy was legalized in 2002, it has become one of the fastest growing industries in India’s rapidly developing economy. A recent World Bank report […]

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Sperm Donation or Compensation?

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A new article in The Daily Beast announces, “Today’s Sperm Donor Isn’t a Broke 20-Something.” The article’s author maintains that sperm donation, while normally associated with college guys looking to make some extra beer money, is more of an altruistic practice than a commercial enterprise. To support her premise, she cites a 2012 study from […]

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Egg Freezing’s False Promises

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Today’s New York Post features an article highlighting a new low in the exploitation of women: egg-freezing parties. Sponsored by EggBanxx, the event targeted young professional women in Manhattan encouraging them to freeze their eggs as a means to free them to pursue their careers and wait until they find Mr. Right to have children. […]

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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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On Surrogacy, “Breeders?”, and TPR

Two new pieces on surrogacy, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, and third-party reproduction have hit the internet this morning. First is a profile piece at ABC News, which is drawing a lot of comments on ABC’s website as well as some, well, less than civil discourse on twitter. Woman Sets Out to Ban Surrogacy Both […]

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Paid for Her Silence: The Exploitation of Kylee Gilman

No one should prey upon vulnerable cash-strapped women, recklessly endangering their health and well-being in order to harvest their eggs. Kylee Gilman, a young egg “donor” featured in Eggsploitation, has just settled her civil case against a Canadian fertility doctor and an egg broker agency in Idaho. In the civil case of Kylee Gilman v. […]

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Dorothy, We’re Not in Kansas Any More

Legislative battles are heating up across the United States on the issues of surrogacy contracts and the regulation of assisted reproduction. If we are truly concerned for the welfare of women and children, we must oppose such practices.  On January 27, the Kansas State Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare conducted hearings on proposed […]

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