What LAMBDA gets wrong about commercial surrogacy

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on February 25, 2020

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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 […]

Sex dolls, robots, and their effect on women

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on February 19, 2020

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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 […]

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

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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

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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

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( 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

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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

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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

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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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Inside Canada’s Human Reproduction Act

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Today Venus Rising travels to Canada to speak with Alison Motluk, a Toronto-based journalist with a special interest in reproductive technology.   Alison writes on a broad category of topics and issues, but today we talk to her about third-party reproduction and the changes in Canada’s Human Reproduction Act. Alison has written in publications such as New Scientist, The Economist and the Globe and Mail. Alison also […]

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Biggest Winners and Losers of 2019

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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: The growing coalition of feminists, legislators, and […]

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I froze my eggs. A few months later I got breast cancer.

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Happy New Year! We are jump starting this year with an eye-opening and powerful interview about freezing eggs and egg banking. For the first time, Jennifer sits down with Crystal Schnurr, a woman who decided to freeze her own eggs for later use. Please join us as Crystal opens up with Venus Rising and tells […]

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Happy New Year!

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As 2019 winds down and we look forward to 2020, there’s still time to end the year with a bang in the form of a donation to the CBC.  All that we’ve been able to accomplish in 2019 (and since our founding in 2000) is because of individuals and foundations who have given generously and […]

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As the Year Ends, Our Work Carries On

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The fight for bioethical justice and integrity 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 […]

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Merry Christmas from the CBC!

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During this time of giving, we reflect with gratitude on all we receive—support and goodwill from both old and new friends, countless opportunities to make a significant impact on the world in the areas of our passion, and the knowledge of a growing community of caring people. It’s that time of year when we ask […]

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Challenging the Media’s Sugar Coated Portrayal of Surrogacy

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I’ve never been into watching a lot of television. As a child, I was often busy inventing my own country with my friends or making homemade music videos. In early adulthood, I didn’t even own a television. However, with the indulgence of in-flight entertainment and the invention of the iPad, I find that one of […]

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Life As A Donor-Conceived Human

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Join us for a brand new episode of Venus Rising as Matt Doran bravely shares with us his very personal story of growing up and finding out that he was a ‘donor’ conceived human being. Matt is both an aerospace mechanical engineer as well as an advocate against donor conception. Matt created and founded the […]

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Seasons Greetings from the CBC!

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Dear friends,  The snow may be falling, and temperatures might be dropping, but my heart is warm knowing that we at the CBC are supported by friends like you!  In November, I interviewed more guests for our podcast, Venus Rising. We hope you are enjoying our guests as much as we are. Our aim is […]

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