This Week in Bioethics

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1. Opponents of PAS in CA Fail to Gain Enough Signatures for Referendum Earlier this week the spokesman for the group Seniors Against Suicide announced that they had failed to collect enough signatures for a ballot referendum to overturn California’s recently passed legislation on physician assisted suicide. The group noted that their efforts were not […]

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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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IVF Pays Off…For Whom?

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medicine Association at the end of 2015 suggested that “nearly two-thirds of women undergoing I.V.F. will have a child by the sixth attempt.” The headline in the New York Times declared “With In Vitro Fertilization, Persistence Pays Off.” But as Pamela Tsigdinos suggests, the payoff […]

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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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UK Sperm Bank Charged with Discrimination

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The largest sperm bank in the United Kingdom is under fire for accusations of discrimination and eugenics after turning away a man with dyslexia who was seeking to donate his sperm. The sperm bank also noted they would not accept donors with ADD, autism, or Asperger’s. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, the agency in […]

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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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Happy New Year

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Thank you to all who have helped fight the exploitative practice of surrogacy this year. Together in 2016, we can spread even more awareness on this important issue and put a stop to surrogacy. You make our work possibleThe Center for Bioethics and Culture is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit educational organization. All gifts are […]

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Chinese Government Fails to Ban Surrogacy

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Lawmakers in China have abandoned their plans to fully ban surrogacy within the country as a part of new legislation on family planning. Meanwhile, senior government health officials have vowed to continue to crackdown on the practice. According to some officials, the reason for deciding against the full ban was fear that Chinese couples would […]

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I need to raise $30K by the end of the year…can I count on your support?

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One of the most significant news events of 2015 was the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to make same sex marriage a constitutional right. This decision, celebrated by many all around the world, gave new significance to our work protecting women and children in the ever growing market for eggs, sperm, and wombs. We saw an […]

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Stories that Matter

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Yesterday’s New York Times featured a beautiful piece titled “The Wisdom of the Aged,” where six elderly New Yorkers were followed and profiled over the course of a full year. The article captures their hopes, their struggles, and their daily routines as they live out their lives in their eighties and nineties—and while each of […]

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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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Quebec Court Upholds Physician Assisted Suicide Law

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Yesterday, the top court in Quebec overturned a lower court’s injunction and upheld the province’s physician assisted suicide law. It’s hard to see how the decision is at all compatible with the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, which states that “every human being has a right to life” and then goes on 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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Gay Couples may be able to have Children Genetically Related to Both Partners

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Thanks to a new method, in vitro gametogenesis (IVG), researchers are getting closer to allowing gay couples to have children that are genetically related to both partners or for a single parent to have a child created of their sole genetic material. This technique could utilize the sperm cells from two fathers or two egg cells […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. European Parliament Condemns Surrogacy This week the European Parliament condemned surrogacy—delivering a huge victory for women and children. In their statement, the EP concluded that surrogacy “undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity.” We hope that policy makers around the world will […]

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Breaking News: European Parliament Condemns Surrogacy

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For Immediate ReleaseContact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117Bill@NovemberTeam.com Where are U.S Candidates on this Human Rights Issue? San Francisco — December 17, 2015: With news breaking today that the European Parliament officially condemned the practice of surrogacy, calling it an exploitation of vulnerable women, the President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBC) today is […]

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Children’s Commissioner: No Sperm and Egg Donation

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In Malta, a country that has been reconsidering its laws on egg and sperm donation and surrogacy, the Commissioner for Children recently stated that egg and sperm donation should remain banned in the country. It’s a strong recommendation—and one that we believe should be heeded. What’s particularly refreshing about this situation, however, is that it’s […]

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Real Life Results Every Day

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Dear Friend, Will it make a difference? It’s the question all of us ask when considering making a significant year-end donation to a cause. Will my money actually help someone in need? The answer is an emphatic and measurable “yes” where the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network is concerned. Because not only do we […]

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