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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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My Kids Were Conceived Via IVF; Here’s Why I Wouldn’t Recommend it To Others

Hello and welcome back to Venus Rising. With me today is Dr. Susan Caldwell, a primary care physician specializing in women’s health practicing in New Orleans, Louisiana. Today we tackle an emotionally sensitive topic, especially as we approach Mother’s Day- infertility and IVF.  Dr. Caldwell has three children of her own, all of whom were conceived through […]

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She’s My Mother; She’s My Father

If you’ve seen the 1974 movie “Chinatown,” you may recall that great scene, where the detective, Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), confronts Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) about the identity of the woman he believes is Evelyn’s father’s mistress. It is a famous scene with Jake shouting at Evelyn, “who is she” with Evelyn responding, “She’s my daughter.” Gittes […]

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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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The Overpopulation “Crisis” Peters Out

Anti-humanists — ranging from deep ecology misanthropes, to some global warming alarmists, The Population Bomb true believers, and “nature rights” advocates, among others — claim repeatedly that teeming humanity will soon overwhelm all other life on the planet, requiring immediate steps to dramatically depopulate. In this view, we are a scourge, the AIDS afflicting Gaia. […]

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Hey Baby, Wanna See My Gene Scan?

The Telegraph has an interesting article out about how mating in the future will be based on compatibility of genetic codes. From, “DNA Testing ‘Will Screen Out Lovers’:” Couples will soon be able to choose their life partner solely based on the compatibility of their genes instead of through love, a scientific conference has heard. […]

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Ovary Transplant Would Be “Consumerist” Medicine

Lately, I have been pondering the increasing use of medicinal means to achieve what are essentially non “medical” ends, by which I mean, using the knowledge of medicine to promote lifestyle agendas and fulfill what I am calling “consumerist” desires. I think this story fits that pattern: Doctors are proposing that women have sections of […]

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