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The Center for Bioethics and Culture

New film “#BigFertility” looks at business of baby-making

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on April 17, 2019

by Charles C. Camosy Crux Editor’s Note: Jennifer Lahl is the president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture. She has 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager. Lahl’s feature film, #BigFertility, looks at the business behind fertility medicine. She spoke to Charles Camosy about her […]

Broken Bonds Now Available in the US

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on April 2, 2019

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When I signed the paper, I thought I could do it. I did not realize it would break my heart. -From Cathy’s story in Broken Bonds Today is the day! Broken Bonds: Surrogate Mothers Speak Out is now available in the US, and launched last month in Australia and the UK. This international anthology brings together 16 stories […]

Greetings from Down Under!

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It’s been a very busy March for us at the CBC and I wanted to send you a quick update. The first week of March, I traveled to Geneva, Switzerland where I addressed an international group at the United Nations. I was invited to speak on a panel of experts where my role was commenting […]

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Surrogates Speak Against NY Surrogacy Bill

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March 11, 2019 The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, State of New York Executive Chamber New York State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo, We served as surrogates because we enjoy being pregnant and wanted to help others who for various reasons could not have their own child. We thought we were doing a […]

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A Letter to NY Gov. Cuomo from Stop Surrogacy Now

This letter will be hand-delivered to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. March 11, 2019 The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, State of New York Executive Chamber New York State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo, We are writing to you as signers of the international group Stop Surrogacy Now. We number more than 10,000 and come […]

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A Summary of the “Risk of Severe Maternal Morbidity by Maternal Fertility Status: a US Study in 8 States”

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An important study revealing the risks of IVF pregnancies has surfaced. When I first opened this article, I was surprised to read that it had originally been presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in 2017, but it doesn’t seem like fertility doctors even paused to consider its findings. More […]

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Deadline Fast Approaching: Paul Ramsey Institute Applications due March 18

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There’s still time to apply for the fourth cohort of our Paul Ramsey Institute! This is the CBC’s signature educational initiative to further the thought and methods of Paul Ramsey, and to educate and shape future generations of bioethics leaders. The Paul Ramsey Institute brings leading thinkers in the field of bioethics together with current […]

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“Fuller House” Tackles Surrogacy

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By Monica Krason and Chaney Mullins In Netflix’s Fuller House, we learned that Stephanie Tanner, the precocious youngster who uttered “How rude!” to our delight in the original ’90s sitcom, is now all grown up, but infertile. When her infertility was revealed, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to spotlight this condition, shared by 1 […]

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Memo to New York State Senators: Commercial Surrogacy Undermines the Child-Parent Relationship

With a Democratic majority in both the New York Senate and Assembly, along with a Democratic Governor, victory for the surrogacy industry is within reach. A bill that would make commercial surrogacy contracts legal and enforceable in the Empire State has been slipped into the state’s 2019 budget, buried deep on page 392. On November […]

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2019 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner

The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially invites you to The 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner Honoring Dr. Patrick T. Smith 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Recipient Diablo Country Club 1700 Clubhouse Road, Diablo, CA 94528 April 27, 2019 Reception at 5:30 / Dinner at 6:30 RSVP by April 12, […]

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The $100,000 Baby

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A report on: The One Hundred Thousand Dollar Baby: The Ideological Roots of a New American Export What would you think if America’s favorite marketplace, Amazon, started selling babies to men and women who genuinely desired, with all of their heart and souls, to become parents? These are good people who would treat their purchases […]

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Updated “Think Again” Study Guide

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We’ve recently updated our free Think Again study guide! If you’d like to introduce others to the issues surrounding third party reproduction, but aren’t sure how to open the discussion, this is a great place to start. Think Again: A Study Guide on the Legal, Medical, and Ethical Questions of Third Party Reproduction is intended for […]

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The CRISPR Case

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After making a fresh cup of coffee, I sit down at my makeshift desk (aka my dining room table) and stare out the window at the tempestuous and grey ocean. Past what I can see and halfway across the world, one scientist has shaken the world and made waves in the scientific community. If you […]

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Paul Ramsey Institute Applications and 2019 Award Dinner

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We are pleased to begin accepting applications for the fourth cohort of our Paul Ramsey Institute, the CBC’s signature educational initiative to further the thought and methods of Paul Ramsey, and to educate and shape future generations of bioethics leaders. The Paul Ramsey Institute brings leading thinkers in the field of bioethics together with current […]

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2018 Winners and Losers

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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: Patrick T. Smith, Ph.D., will receive the […]

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Happy New Year

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As we close out 2018 and look forward to 2019, it’s not too late to give a gift of support. All that we’ve been able to accomplish in 2018 (and since our founding in 2000) is because of individuals and foundations who have given generously and faithfully. Please remember The Center for Bioethics and Culture […]

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The Year is Ending, But Our Work is Not

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The fight to protect our shared human future 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 humanity, especially issues […]

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Merry Christmas!

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During this time of giving, we are so very thankful for all that we’ve received—support and goodwill from old friends, an influx of new friends we’ve met in person and online this year, and the knowledge that a growing community of caring people are invested in a truly human future. It is our privilege to […]

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