Films & Podcast

Venus Rising Podcast

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Venus Rising is a podcast welcoming you into our living room for chats about all things fertility, infertility and women’s reproductive health.

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The CBC has produced eight original documentary films. Our newest film is Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?, and it discusses the implications of the medical and surgical transitioning of children. We also have #BigFertility,  a third-party reproduction trilogy: Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (2014), Eggsploitation (2013), Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), as well as Maggie’s Story (2015) and Lines That Divide (2009).

Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender? is available for free worldwide on both YouTube and Vimeo.

#BigFertility is available on demand worldwide, at

Each of the films in the third-party reproduction trilogy are available on Amazon: Breeders: A Subclass of Women? and Eggsploitation

All of our films are also available for purchase in the CBC Store and on their respective websites.

Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?

Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender? takes a deep dive into the gender identity industry, exploring the issues around allowing children to medically and surgically transition.

The film looks into what gender identity affirmation means when it becomes a doctor’s endorsement of a minor’s distress, or whether doctors can know if patients who diagnose themselves with gender dysphoria will remain happy with irreversible cosmetic procedures.

Exploring the impact of gender identity affirmation on children, the film cuts through the noise and dissects how open discussion and free speech are gashed when affirmation becomes the rule for allowable public debate.


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#BigFertility: It’s All About The Money

Kelly Martinez served as a surrogate mother for three different couples and was threatened with financial ruin after nearly dying during her third surrogacy. But each of her surrogacy journeys had a price to pay. Kelly’s story exemplifies everything that is wrong with the distorted version of fertility medicine that is Big Fertility. It truly is all about the money.

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Breeders: A Subclass of Women?

Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. But the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one?

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Anonymous Father’s Day

Thousands of donor-conceived people have a deep longing to know who they belong to, where they come from, and who they look like. What is it like to grow up not knowing who your biological father is or if you have any siblings? What is it like to find out that the man you thought was your dad is not your biological father, that your true biological father donated his sperm and is known only by a number? How does it impact your self-perception, the choices you make, and your view of life and the world? Donor-conceived people are demanding answers to these basic questions about their origins, their lives, and their identities.

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The infertility industry in the United States has grown to a multi-billion dollar business. What is its main commodity? Human eggs. Young women all over the world are solicited by ads—via college campus bulletin boards, social media, online classifieds—offering up to $100,000 for their “donated” eggs, to “help make someone’s dream come true.” But who is this egg donor? Is she treated justly? What are the short- and long-term risks to her health? The answers to these questions will disturb you.

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Compassion and Choice DENIED

Compassion and Choice DENIED explores the effects efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide have on those who are living with terminal illness but who do not want “aid in dying.” The film features Stephanie, a wife and mother living with a terminal diagnosis. She has experienced first-hand the dangerous effects of California’s recent legalization of physician assisted suicide.

As she deals with insurance denials of treatment her doctor ordered and changes in the tone of conversations in various support groups, her story highlights the ways in which the difficulty of living with a terminal diagnosis is compounded by the growing cultural acceptance of the notion of assisted suicide. This negatively changes the ways in which people with terminal illnesses are thought of, and the ways in which they think about themselves.

But hers is also a story of hope. Her hope is that if we can change our way of thinking about the process of dying and those who are dying, we will be able to provide the resources people truly need to be supported and well cared for at the end of their lives.

We are making the full film available free of charge on Facebook and YouTube because of how important this issue is.

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Maggie’s Story

Maggie’s Story is an all new documentary short (22 min) that follows one woman’s journey of learning about “helping” others have a child they desperately want, what she discovered in becoming an egg donor, and the consequences that followed. Maggie was told how special she was, but she was never informed of the risks egg donation posed to her own health and well being. She was used repeatedly for others’ gain, but when things turned bad, she was left on her own to navigate tests, treatments, surgeries, and an unknown prognosis.

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