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This Week in Bioethics #118

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Welcome to This Week in Bioethics #118. Here are five items from the world of bioethics that caught my eye this week, along with a little something extra. 1. 101%! I’m posting this with about 25 hours left in our Kickstarter campaign, and we are very thankful to be fully funded! In fact, we are […]

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This Week in Bioethics #117

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1. Kickstarter Update   Thank you to all those who have given to our Kickstarter campaign. We are encouraged. We are thrilled. Thank you!   As of this writing, we have hit $9,106, 72%, from 72 backers! Thank you! We are grateful for each and every gift. We are so very close to having this […]

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This Week in Bioethics #115

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Normally we feature five stories from the world of bioethics, but this week we have just one story. And it’s a big one. We’re releasing the first teaser trailer for our new film #BigFertility. And we’re running a Kickstarter campaign to push the film across the finish line and out into the world. Here’s our […]

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This Week in Bioethics #114

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1. New Jersey Legalizes Commercial Gestational Surrogacy Sadly, NJ Gov. Murphy has signed into law S482, which authorizes gestational carrier agreements. We’ve been following this bill closely for several months. We know that many, many people worked tirelessly to oppose the bill and to encourage Gov. Murphy to veto it. This is a major disappointment. […]

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This Week in Bioethics #113

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***Watch our live discussion of This Week in Bioethics on Facebook or on YouTube*** 1. Nightmare Surrogacy Experience Toni, a surrogate mother from Iowa, says of her experience: “It’s been a nightmare. It has almost destroyed my family.” Toni first reached out to us about this time last year. This week, she and Jennifer recorded […]

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This Week in Bioethics #112

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1. David vs. Goliath We are very close to finishing our latest film! We have the story nailed down and edited, we’re working on adding in all the b-roll, then we’ll be recording Jennifer’s narration, finalizing the edits, cutting the trailers, developing the full slate of marketing materials, and more. In this film we are […]

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This Week in Bioethics #111

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1. Surrogacy and Infant Mental Health Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow this week published an extremely important new article by a Spanish Perinatal Psychiatrist. It outlines a number of ways in which surrogacy affects children. Children born by surrogacy are exposed to a series of factors that can have serious repercussions for their mental and physical […]

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This Week in Bioethics #110

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1. Update on New Jersey and New York As I write, we’re waiting to hear whether New Jersey Governor Murphy is going to sign the surrogacy-enabling legislation on his desk. Meanwhile, hearings are scheduled in New York for later this month on a bill seeking to legalize surrogacy in the Empire State. We are keeping […]

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This Week in Bioethics #109

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1. Mark Your Calendars And save the date. One year from today — Saturday, April 27, 2019 — will be the next Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. This is the earliest we’ve ever announced the date, but we want to be sure that as many people as possible are able to attend. Let’s pack the place […]

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This Week in Bioethics #106

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1. Surrogate Pregnancies are Different Our friend K, a labor and delivery nurse, wrote a summary overview of an important new study that appeared in the journal of Fertility and Sterility. While the study isn’t perfect, it is, as she says, a big deal. The bottom line is that gestational surrogacy pregnancies put both women […]

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This Week in Bioethics #105

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1. Paul Ramsey Institute Consultation & Paul Ramsey Award Dinner This year’s Paul Ramsey Award Dinner is in the books! We are deeply grateful for all who attended and only wish that more of our friends and supporters could have joined in the festivities. Be sure to check out the recap and photos on our […]

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This Week in Bioethics #104

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Lagniappe: We were joined by Mac, the official Westie of The CBC, for #NationalPuppyDay 1. Paul Ramsey Award Dinner 2. NJ Senate to Vote on Surrogacy: S482 SaSca (2R) Authorizes certain gestational carrier agreements. 3. National Down Syndrome Day 4. Man Paid $171,000 to Become a Father 5. Artificial Wombs National Post, Matthew’s article from […]

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This Week in Bioethics #103

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1. Pregnancy Outcomes for Surrogate Pregnancies are Significantly Different A recent journal article highlights a number of crucial differences between surrogate pregnancies and non-surrogate pregnancies.  2. Storage Issues at Fertility Clinics Two fertility clinics suffered failures in their frozen storage tanks last week. Reports by NBC, the Washington Post, and People magazine.   3. Romanticizing Double […]

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This Week in Bioethics #102

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1. Welcome to GATTACA The United Arab Emirates’ Khaleej Times reports on the near future of reproductive technologies. Genetic engineering of the embryo could mean that people will soon be able to produce ‘super babies.’ “People can start modifying embryos, for example, activating certain genes and replacing others or like removing all defective genes that […]

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This Week in Bioethics #101

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1. The Importance of Origins Writing in Harper’s Bazaar, a woman narrates her story of becoming a mother through egg ‘donation,’ ( a topic we at CBC have covered extensively). Even though this article isn’t about surrogacy, the author makes some important comments about the connection between fetus and “gestational carrier:” I felt by carrying […]

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This Week in Bioethics #100

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To celebrate the 100th This Week in Bioethics (TWIB), Jennifer and I did a 10 minute Facebook live version of TWIB! 1. How Many? How many? This was Jennifer’s simple question in her testimony before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee yesterday morning. How many women . . . how many children . . . […]

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This Week in Bioethics #99

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To mark the 99th issue of This Week in Bioethics I decided to make a video version to accompany the written version. Take a few minutes to watch it and let us know what you think. 1. Surrogacy Legislation Debate in New Jersey A bill that would legalize commercial surrogacy in New Jersey was advanced […]

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This Week in Bioethics #98

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1. Join us for Dinner! The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially invites you to The Fourteenth Paul Ramsey Award Dinner on Saturday, March 28 in Diablo, California. We will be honoring Dr. Farr Curlin, recipient of the 2018 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Also joining us […]

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