The Center for Bioethics and Culture

Happy Thanksgiving

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The Board of Directors and Staff of the Center for Bioethics and Culture would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. We at the CBC have much to give thanks for. First, we are thankful for your faithful commitment to our work. We are humbled by and grateful for your support. You […]

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California Prisons Coerced Women Into Sterilization

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By Kathleen Sloan, Consultant to the CBC If you thought that the days of eugenics were ancient history, you would be terribly mistaken. The Center for Investigative Reporting has revealed that between 2006 and 2010, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation coercively sterilized approximately 150 women. In violation of prison rules, tubal ligations were […]

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Eggsploitation Now Updated and Expanded

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Our award-winning documentary film Eggsploitation has been so successful. Since we first released it, many more women have come forward with their stories of being harmed. The industry stakeholders have pushed back hard on our work, continuing to claim their work is safe and that instances of harm are rare. Lawmakers have been slow to […]

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Call For Nominations: The 2014 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics

The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network invites you to nominate the 2014 Paul Ramsey Award winner. The Paul Ramsey Award honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to the discussion of bioethics and who are actively engaged in society, facing the challenges of the 21st century, profoundly defending the dignity of humankind, and […]

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Surrogacy is Having a Moment

As you may have heard, Jimmy Fallon, who is slated to replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in 2014, recently had a baby via surrogacy. When a celebrity uses a surrogate, it tends to make headlines. But as NBC reports, “More couples, and not just celebrities, are turning to surrogacy.” Surrogacy, however, is not […]

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Thirty-One Countries

In less than a week, people from 31 countries have clicked through to check out Anonymous Father’s Day on demand at Vimeo. Have you? Why not?

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Big Announcement: Watch Anonymous Father’s Day Online

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We are pleased to report that after much research and work, Anonymous Father’s Day is now available to watch online. We have set the price at only $1.99 so that as many people as possible can see this important film. Please share this film with your friends—tell everyone you know, and ask them to tell […]

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Governor Brown Does the Right Thing for Women in California

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pleasant Hill, Calif. (August 14, 2013) — We applaud California Governor Jerry Brown for his leadership in vetoing AB 926 yesterday. This bill would have allowed women in California to be paid to sell their eggs for scientific research. Jennifer Lahl, president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC), who testified […]

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UK Court Refuses to Impose Legal Euthanasia

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A UK Court of Appeals has refused to impose legalized euthanasia on the country. From the AP story: British appeals court upheld a law against euthanasia in rejecting appeals from two severely disabled men who argued that doctors should be allowed to legally kill them. The two men – one of whom died of pneumonia […]

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No, Society Should Not Allow “3-Parent” IVF

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The UK rubber stamp Embryo Authority — which for example allowed human cloning experiments with animal eggs — is on the verge of permitting the manufacture of three-parent embryos. The process is done by taking the nucleus out of the egg of one woman, putting it into the enucleated egg of another woman, and then […]

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Legislated Advance Directives to Live Could Be Ignored

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Politico is reporting that the proposal to explicitly pay doctors for end-of-life care discussions with patients has again been put in the Congressional hopper. Some called this a “death panel” aspect of Obamacare, as a consequence of which, it never made it into law. As I noted back then, that wasn’t true. The potential death […]

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Guest Post: On the Collaborative Reproduction Act of 2013

by Dr. Russell D. Moore The Council of the District of Columbia intends to pass a bill called the Collaborative Reproduction Act of 2013, which would amend Title 16 of the District of Columbia Official Code to make it easier for families to contract with women as surrogate mothers. While intended as a compassionate response […]

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Egg Selling Bad for Women

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AB 926 in California would permit Big Biotech to buy eggs from poor women to conduct human cloning and other experiments — potentially increasing the frequency of a practice commonly used in IVF that generally targets beautiful and brilliant college women. (New York already permits egg buying by biotech, resulting in the manufacture of the […]

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It’s Promise Breaking Time

In California, a bill that would allow researchers to pay women for their eggs is currently on the Governor’s desk, awaiting his signature or veto. At the CBC we have been very busy, working to make the very real risks of the egg retrieval process known so that both lawmakers and the public are fully […]

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Jennifer Lahl Interviewed on CA Bill That Would Allow Women to Sell Eggs for Research

Women in California will be able to sell their human eggs for research if Governor Jerry Brown signs a controversial bill that removes a ban on the sale of human eggs…

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No Stem Cell or Human Patenting!

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I never understood why patents were ever allowed for embryonic stem cells. They are not human inventions. They — like genes — are naturally occurring. Accordingly, the European courts have rejected stem cell patents. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected gene patents. Now, challenges are underway against U.S. patents of embryonic stem cells. From the […]

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The Surrogacy Parenting Agreement Act of 2013

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The Surrogacy Parenting Agreement Act of 2013 is currently under consideration in the District of Columbia. On Thursday, June 20, 2013, Kathleen Sloan, CBC’s special consultant, along with Jennifer Lahl, president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture, testified against it, arguing that it is an open door to exploitation of women. Kathleen described the […]

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Eggsploitation to Screen at ‘Feminist Flicks’ at 2013 National Organization for Women (NOW) Conference!

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As CBC president Jennifer Lahl and CBC consultant Kathleen Sloan (who serves on the national board of directors of NOW) continue their ground-breaking work in the area of third-party reproductive technology, we are happy to announce that Eggsploitation will be screened at the annual NOW conference in July in Chicago. Lahl and Sloan have been […]

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