I’m Transgender, and I Oppose the Medical Transition of Children

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on April 2, 2020

Our guest today on Venus Rising is Scott Newgent.  At the age of 43, Scott made the decision to medically transition from female to male. In 2017, Scott underwent phalloplasty which led to a massive pulmonary embolism. Scott nearly died of an infection which lasted 17 months. During recovery, Scott spent hours reading about transgender […]

Can We Count On You?

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on March 30, 2020

Dear friends, By now, many of you have learned that we have had to cancel our annual Paul Ramsey dinner due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Like many, we are left scrambling to learn a new normal as we try to keep our work moving forward. To that end, we have rescheduled for April 17, 2021, […]

Big Fertility During COVID-19

I hope you all are staying safe, healthy, and sane during these challenging and unfamiliar times we find ourselves facing! As a nurse in the Bay Area, I am constantly reading and educating myself on the newest developments surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the repercussions this wicked virus is having on ourselves and society. There […]

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A Feminist Approach to Third Party Reproduction

If you’re a book worm, an aspiring writer, a feminist, or any combination, then this two-for-one episode is for you! Today we have the privilege of speaking with two radically brilliant women in one 45-minute episode. Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein join Jennifer to talk about their journey creating and running an award-winning independent feminist […]

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Paul Ramsey Dinner- Please Read

Dear friends, It is with sadness, I regret to inform you that the Paul Ramsey dinner is cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  To that end, we have rescheduled for April 17, 2021, where Helen Alvaré will be on hand to receive the Paul Ramsey Award. We know many of you were so excited to celebrate […]

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Last Chance To Reserve Your Tickets!

We hope to see many of you at the upcoming Paul Ramsey Award Dinner! This memorable evening will honor the work of Helen Alvaré, J.D., remind us of Paul Ramsey’s legacy, and be a springboard for our continued work for our shared human future! The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially […]

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“I’m a Gestational Surrogate, and I’m Worried.”

On Venus Rising, we talk a lot about surrogacy, but we haven’t brought you a real, honest interview with a woman who’s currently living the life of a surrogate. All of that changes today. ‘Lynn,’ whose name has been changed to protect her identity, sits down with Jennifer for an authentic discussion about her ongoing […]

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I’m a Veteran Gay Rights Activist, and I Oppose Commercial Surrogacy

I have been a British gay rights activist since 1980. I studied German and Philosophy at Oxford University, where I graduated with First Class Honours and served for a period as President of the Oxford University Lesbian and Gay Society and Chair of the Student Union Gay Rights Committee. I also served as Head of […]

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Register Now; Space Is Limited!

The Center for Bioethics and Culture cordially invites you to join us in sunny Irvine, CA for “Perspectives in Bioethics,” a day-long event with some of the leading subject matter experts in bioethics. This intimate gathering will allow us to engage some of the most urgent concerns in medicine, science, technology, and ethics. (See agenda […]

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What LAMBDA gets wrong about commercial surrogacy

Dear Sen. Krueger, AM Barrett and AM O’Donnell,  Senate Bills S7717 and A1071: Response to letter from Lambda Legal et al.  We write as an organization that campaigns for women’s and children’s rights, and that includes committed supporters from the LGBT community, in response to the joint letter (undated) sent to you by The National […]

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Sex dolls, robots, and their effect on women

Today on Venus Rising, Jennifer speaks with a Ph.D. candidate who is researching female body sex dolls and robots, specifically, how men conceptualize these products and the implications of this kind of technology for women. Allow us to introduce you to a very influential activist and writer, Ms. Caitlin Roper. Ms. Roper is also very […]

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Reserve Your Spot At the 2020 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner

The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially invites you to The 2020 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner Honoring Professor Helen Alvaré 2020 Paul Ramsey Award Recipient Diablo Country Club 1700 Clubhouse Road, Diablo, CA 94528 April 04, 2020 Reception at 5:30 | Dinner at 6:30 RSVP by March 16, 2020 […]

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A Eugenicist Engineered Me To Be A Genius Baby

We are overjoyed to finally introduce Nick Isel as our next guest on Venus Rising. At age 15, Nick learned that he and his sister were donor-conceived. Nick is one of 215 babies known infamously as “Nobel babies,” who are products of eugenicist Robert Graham’s Repository for Germinal Choice, a California-based sperm bank known as […]

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Kelly Martinez’ Testimony on South Dakota Surrogacy Bill

Good morning. My name is Kelly Martinez and I’m a mother.  I have three children at home, and I also am a mother to five babies through three surrogate pregnancies.  I gave birth to twins for a couple from France, a single birth to a couple in the US, and my last surrogacy was another […]

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Jennifer Lahl’s Testimony on South Dakota Surrogacy Bill

( photo by Shannon Marvel / Forum News Service)  Dear Chair and Members of the House Judiciary Committee, Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you today about House Bill 1096 which would prohibit commercial surrogacy in your state.   Every 14 minutes, in the United States, someone is added to the kidney transplant list. Thirteen Americans die each […]

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Let’s Talk About Uterine Transplants

When I enrolled in nursing school, I knew that I wanted to work for women. Nearing graduation, I hoped for a job as a labor and delivery nurse, but ever the realist, I understood that the opportunities in labor and delivery for brand new nurses were few. I was open to the many options that […]

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Giving for Impact

I have met Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, on two occasions. Both times, I invited him to do a public debate with our then Chairman of the Board, Dr. Nigel Cameron. The first debate, “The Debate of the Century: What Does it Mean to Be Human” can be viewed on […]

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BREAKING: Another US Surrogate Mother Has Died

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 […]

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