The Center for Bioethics and Culture

We Won’t Slow Down

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For anyone that follows our work at the CBC, you know we refuse to slow down—there’s too much at stake! That’s why CBC President Jennifer Lahl will be clocking 15,000 air miles over the next week. As we write, she is in Austin for meetings related to stopping the spread of surrogacy in Texas. From […]

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Paul Ramsey Award Winner 2016

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The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network and the Paul Ramsey Award Nominating Committee are pleased to announce Brent Waters, D.Phil., as the recipient of the 2016 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Dr. Waters is the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics, and Director of the Jerre L. and […]

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Statement from CBC President Jennifer Lahl on Melissa Cook’s Landmark Surrogacy Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117 San Francisco–January 5, 2016 . . . Melissa Cook, a 47-year-old surrogate mother, garnered international attention when she refused to abort one of three fetuses she was carrying for a Georgia man, even though the intended father threatened to financially ruin her. Now, she has filed suit claiming […]

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2016 Challenge

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UPDATE: You. Did. It. Thank you, thank you!!! You pushed us through to meet our matching challenge goal of $100,000. 2016 is off to a great start thanks to all who gave and shared and helped. Thank you and Happy New Year! We’ve received a generous matching gift of $100,000, which means that any gift […]

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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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Faces of Surrogacy

Have you seen this yet? It’s an amazing education on the 5 faces of surrogacy in 7 minutes. Please watch and share. Amazing education on 5 faces of surrogacy in 7 minutes–worth the watch: Posted by The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network on Tuesday, December 1, 2015   Thousands have been reached on the […]

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Paid Surrogacy to be Declared “Human Trafficking” — in Cambodia

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Bill O’Reilly212-396-9117 Cambodia Moves to Classify Commercial Surrogacy as “Human Trafficking” while U.S. Does Nothing to Protect Women and Children San Francisco–Nov. 13 . . . Cambodia is joining the growing international movement to protect low-income women and children from the commercial surrogacy industry by planning to formally classify the practice as […]

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Open Letter to Governor Cuomo

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Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, The State of New York State Capital Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo: Please tell us it’s not true. Please tell us you’re not planning to overturn your father’s ban on the manufacturing and sale of children in New York. Your father’s Task Force on Life and the Law ruled […]

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Open Letter to Idaho Attorney General

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The Hon. Lawrence G. Wasden State of Idaho, Office of the Attorney General 700 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 210 P.O. Box 83720 Boise, Idaho 83720-0010 Dear Attorney General Wasden: I am writing to you following the tragic deaths of three Idaho residents who died on October 8, 2015 at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in […]

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Center for Bioethics and Culture Network Calls on Idaho Attorney General to Investigate Surrogacy Deaths

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Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117 Bill@NovemberTeam.com For Immediate Release “Multi-billion dollar commercial baby industry needs to answer questions” San Francisco–Nov. 6…The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBCN) today called upon Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to look into the death of a paid Idaho surrogate mother who died in October, along with twins, just days […]

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Huge Step Forward for Exploited Women…In India. Still Open Season on Poor American Moms

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill O’Reilly 212-396-9117 Statement by Jennifer Lahl President, Center for Bioethics and Culture Network On Ban of Surrogacy Tourism in India October 29, 2015 “Who would have thought that the government of India would act before the U.S. government to protect its low income women from exploitative surrogacy tourism? But that’s […]

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Performance Artists Warn Against Commercial Baby Surrogacy Market Headed to New York State

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Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117 bill@NovemberTeam.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Governor Cuomo Breaking with Father on Women’s Dignity Issue of Our Time? —— “Women Didn’t Come this Far to Be Treated Like Breeding Animals” New York–Oct. 21…New Yorkers walking past Grand Central, Penn Station, or Saks 5th Avenue Wednesday will be confronted by a dystopian site — […]

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American Surrogate Mom Dies

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill O’Reilly 212-396-9117 Bill@NovemberTeam.com —– This is the first known American women to die from a surrogate pregnancy. Other surrogates have died around the world, including an Indian woman acting as a surrogate for a U.S. couple. —– Group Calls for Congressional Hearings on Baby Farming Business —– “Women Didn’t Get […]

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Maggie’s Story Needs To Be Told

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A guest post by writer, speaker, and activist Melinda Tankard Reist Maggie, a ten-times egg donor in her early twenties, was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 32. It spread to her liver and bones. To hear her speak of her shame “in admitting that I willingly chose to do something that I thought I was […]

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Who Stood Up For Maggie?

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This is a guest post by H. Rex Greene, M.D. Dr. Greene is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Oncology, and Hospice-Palliative Medicine Maggie’s Story is another cautionary tale of the scientific and ethical gray zone of “assisted reproduction.” In her early twenties, she made ten egg “donations” and received minimal compensation. At age thirty-two she […]

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New Documentary Exposes the Exploitation of Another Egg “Donor”

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Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture, producers of the award-winning Eggsploitation (2010, 2013), Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), and Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (2014), announce the release of their new documentary short, Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story. Eggsploitation: Maggie’s Story follows one woman’s journey of learning about “helping” others have a child they desperately […]

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Stop Surrogacy Now Launches

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Media Contact: media@stopsurrogacynow.com We are Part of A Worldwide Coalition to End Surrogacy and the Exploitation of Women and Children San Francisco, CA/May 11, 2015 — Stop Surrogacy Now launches today. Stop Surrogacy Now brings together a worldwide, ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse group opposed to the exploitation of women and the human trafficking of […]

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Coming Soon

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If it seems a little quiet around here this week it’s because we’re working behind the scenes on something big for next week. Here’s a hint on how big: “…more than 100 individuals and 16 organizations from 18 countries…” ‪#‎StayTuned‬ ‪#‎WatchThisSpace‬

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