BREAKING: Another US Surrogate Mother Has Died

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on January 17, 2020

The CBC is heartbroken to learn of the death of another surrogate mother, Michelle Reaves, in San Diego, California. Mrs. Reaves, a wife and mother of two children, was pregnant as a second time surrogate for the same family when she tragically died from pregnancy-related complications on Wednesday, January 15th. Thankfully, the baby she was […]

Inside Canada’s Human Reproduction Act

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on January 16, 2020

Today Venus Rising travels to Canada to speak with Alison Motluk, a Toronto-based journalist with a special interest in reproductive technology.   Alison writes on a broad category of topics and issues, but today we talk to her about third-party reproduction and the changes in Canada’s Human Reproduction Act. Alison has written in publications such as New Scientist, The Economist and the Globe and Mail. Alison also […]

Biggest Winners and Losers of 2019

It’s that time of year again when I look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and contributions actively promoted and affirmed our shared human future (winners), and those who did not (losers). You can review last year’s picks here! WINNERS: The growing coalition of feminists, legislators, and […]

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I froze my eggs. A few months later I got breast cancer.

Happy New Year! We are jump starting this year with an eye-opening and powerful interview about freezing eggs and egg banking. For the first time, Jennifer sits down with Crystal Schnurr, a woman who decided to freeze her own eggs for later use. Please join us as Crystal opens up with Venus Rising and tells […]

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Happy New Year!

As 2019 winds down and we look forward to 2020, there’s still time to end the year with a bang in the form of a donation to the CBC.  All that we’ve been able to accomplish in 2019 (and since our founding in 2000) is because of individuals and foundations who have given generously and […]

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As the Year Ends, Our Work Carries On

The fight for bioethical justice and integrity is ongoing and ever changing. With every technological development, every medical breakthrough, every piece of bioethics legislation, come questions of not only what can be done but what should be done. Our goal is to seek out and share information about the issues that most profoundly affect our […]

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Merry Christmas from the CBC!

During this time of giving, we reflect with gratitude on all we receive—support and goodwill from both old and new friends, countless opportunities to make a significant impact on the world in the areas of our passion, and the knowledge of a growing community of caring people. It’s that time of year when we ask […]

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Challenging the Media’s Sugar Coated Portrayal of Surrogacy

I’ve never been into watching a lot of television. As a child, I was often busy inventing my own country with my friends or making homemade music videos. In early adulthood, I didn’t even own a television. However, with the indulgence of in-flight entertainment and the invention of the iPad, I find that one of […]

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Life As A Donor-Conceived Human

Join us for a brand new episode of Venus Rising as Matt Doran bravely shares with us his very personal story of growing up and finding out that he was a ‘donor’ conceived human being. Matt is both an aerospace mechanical engineer as well as an advocate against donor conception. Matt created and founded the […]

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Seasons Greetings from the CBC!

Dear friends,  The snow may be falling, and temperatures might be dropping, but my heart is warm knowing that we at the CBC are supported by friends like you!  In November, I interviewed more guests for our podcast, Venus Rising. We hope you are enjoying our guests as much as we are. Our aim is […]

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Announcing the 2020 Recipient of the Paul Ramsey Award

The Center for Bioethics and Culture and the Paul Ramsey Award Committee is pleased to announce that Professor Helen Alvaré will be the recipient of the 2020 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Alvaré is a Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and […]

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New Venus Rising Episode!

Join us for a brand new episode of Venus Rising as Kallie Fell returns as our guest to discuss her work and involvement at the Center for Bioethics and Culture.  As you may know from her first guest appearance, Kallie started her professional career as a research assistant at the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Center […]

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Living the Giving

We at The Center for Bioethics and Culture have so much cause for gratitude. We are thankful for your faithful commitment to our work. Because of your generosity, we are able to continue spreading our message across the globe, illuminating the stories that fuel our passion. We are humbled by and grateful for your ongoing […]

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Counting Our Blessings

Dear friends, Every autumn as the holidays start to approach, I become acutely aware of all of the wonderful people in my life. Gratitude seems to permeate throughout the air at this time of year, and I want you to know just how incredibly grateful the CBC is for you and your support. I hope […]

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Egg Harvesting, Gene Editing, and Artificial Wombs

New Venus Rising Episode with Wesley J. Smith Join us for a brand new episode of Venus Rising as Jennifer Lahl has the privilege to sit down with lawyer and award-winning author, Wesley J. Smith, to discuss egg harvesting, gene-editing, artificial wombs and more! Wesley Smith has authored or co-authored 14 books and hundreds of articles or opinion […]

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Women As Guinea Pigs in Biotechnical Research

From remarks delivered at the Heritage Foundation’s recent panel, “Bioethics: What It Is and Why It Matters“ In 1985, just seven years after the birth of Louise Brown (1978), the world’s first ‘test tube’ baby, Gena Corea published her very important book titled, The Mother Machine: Reproductive Technologies from Artificial Insemination to Artificial Wombs. In […]

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The Global Market for Human Eggs

Join us for an informative new episode of Venus Rising as we speak with cultural and medical anthropologist, Dr. Diane Tober. Dr. Tober is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging and faculty at the Bixby Center for Reproductive Health. Her work and research is focused on […]

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Venus Rising With Kallie Fell

Have you listened to our newest episode of Venus Rising? You won’t want to miss this one. Last week we sat down with our own Kallie Fell, a Bay Area labor and delivery nurse, to discuss the commonly misunderstood basics of women’s reproductive physiology. Before she was a nurse, Kallie was a scientist in the Department of […]

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