China’s Family Planning Crisis

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China seems to struggle with family planning. For many years, China limited household size by only allowing parents to have one child- or pay a penalty. This was to slow population growth. Well, the tides have changed and now China needs more kids! Anyone else see this, or the bachelor crisis from sex-selective female abortions, […]

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This Week in Bioethics

1. Surrogacy Bill Becomes Law in Louisiana Louisiana Governor Edwards has signed into law a bill that makes surrogacy contracts enforceable in his state. Former Louisiana Governor Jindal vetoed similar legislation in 2013 and 2014, and we were hopeful that the new governor and his staff would also be attentive to the strong arguments against […]

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Surrogacy in China: Lessons in Candor and Cruelty

A recent New York Times article highlights the continual rise of surrogacy—this time in China. Surrogacy is illegal in China, but that hasn’t stopped entrepreneurs like Huang Jinlai, founder of Baby Plan Medical Technology Company, from navigating his way around the law to profit from Chinese couples desperate to have children. For the past few […]

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“One Child” Tyranny the Why of Baby Selling

It would be easy to dismiss the case of the Chinese doctor selling newborns to human traffickers as just one money-hungry criminal doing what those kinds of people do. That is true: Bad people will always be bad. But we also need to look at the context — the “why” that led to the “how.” […]

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China Breaks Promise to Halt Unethical Biotech

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The other day, I opposed Texas’ plan to allow doctors to charge for conducting human experiments with unapproved and still uncertain adult stem cell therapies. No matter how well “regulated” I don’t see how it would be that much different from what is happening in […]

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Biological Colonialism: Bioethicists Urge Science Boycott of China Over Organ Killings

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Penn bioethicist Art Caplan and I have had some vocal disagreements over the years, but we tend to think very similarly about organ transplant issues. Now Art and four other bioethicists have an opinion column in The Lancet calling for a boycott of Chinese scientists […]

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