The Truths Behind the News

by Kallie Fell, CBC Research Associate on May 23, 2019

Hello friends! Does anyone else feel overwhelmed or confused by keeping up with today’s news? We live in an equally exciting and challenging time where new revelations are surfacing faster than we can process them. News stories and blog posts are numerous and the ways to access these stories countless. I found this especially tiring […]

Past Plans, Future Potential

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on May 16, 2019

The following remarks were given by CBC Board Chair David Pauls, M.D., M.A., at the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner. Remarks from the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Winner, Patrick T. Smith, Ph.D., can be found here. I’d like to thank you all for attending tonight on this beautiful Saturday evening. I’ve met many of you […]

Agape Love, The Beloved Community, and Our Collective Work in Bioethics

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Remarks by Patrick T. Smith, Ph.D., at the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner April 27, 2019 Thank you so much Gil for that very gracious introduction. I would also like to thank Jennifer Lahl and every member of the staff for their assistance in coordinating my travel here. I had a wonderful and intellectually stimulating […]

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Upcoming live stream on “Casualties of Surrogacy”

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Updated May 6, 2019: The live stream of the panel discussion has now been archived on YouTube, available for viewing at any time. Mark your calendar to tune in to the live stream of an upcoming panel discussion featuring CBC President Jennifer Lahl on “Casualties of Surrogacy: Women for Rent, Infants for Sale, LGBT Rights […]

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

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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 […]

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Broken Bonds Now Available in the US

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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 […]

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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

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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

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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

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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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