Public Policy and the Health of Young Mothers

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On September 13, CBC Founder and President Jennifer Lahl testified by phone before the Minnesota Legislative Committee on Surrogacy. The committee is holding a series of meetings on the issue this summer, and this meeting focused on the medical and psychological risks of surrogacy to women and children. CBC Executive Director Matthew Eppinette testified before the […]

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Dignity, Sickness, and Suffering

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Amy Hasbrouck, the executive director of Toujours Vivant/Not Dead Yet Canada, recently wrote a terrific piece on the ways in which journalists sometimes (often?) distort the realities of assisted suicide and euthanasia when they report on it. She takes as her jumping off point an HBO Vice “Right to Die” segment, which she finds to […]

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Belgium Euthanizes Child

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Belgium’s euthanasia law was expanded to apply to those under the age of 18 in 2014, and the first child to be euthanized under that expansion died within the past week. Because it involves a minor child, very few details are available. Let us be very clear: such an act is not a legitimate part […]

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The Selling of Subordination: How the Female Body Is Reduced to Products

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We are looking forward to hosting the author of this piece, Julie Bindel, in the Bay Area in November. She is a London-based writer and activist whose work focuses on issues of violence against women. Bindel is a visiting researcher at Lincoln University and former assistant director of the Research Centre on Violence, Abuse and Gender […]

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An Immediate and Substantial Difference

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“Philanthropy is what makes the wheels turn” says Malcolm Gladwell in an episode of his new podcast “Revisionist History.” I’m a Gladwell fan, having read most of his books. My favorite of his podcasts so far is titled “My Little Hundred Million.” In it he talks about Henry “Hank” Rowan, who kickstarted philanthropy to higher […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Can We? Should We? Our Christopher White this week highlighted two ways in which President George W. Bush’s decision — now 15 years ago — to limit federal funding for embryo destructive stem cell research has been vindicated. First, non-embryonic (aka adult) stem cells have proven to be much more powerful and useful that […]

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Live from Washington State

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Yesterday I flew to Seattle, Washington, to meet with the staff of U.S. Senator Patty Murray. I was in D.C. a few months ago, meeting with the Senator’s staff on Capitol Hill because of the Senator’s leadership role in a bill that would provide IVF benefits to our wounded vets. As an educational non-profit, we […]

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Cautious Optimism Regarding Surrogacy in India

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As I mentioned in last week’s TWIB—that’s This Week in Bioethics—India has passed a new law on surrogacy. The law seeks to closely regulate the practice of surrogacy by establishing ten parameters that greatly reduce the allowable instances of the practice. Our good friend Kathy Sloan, a feminist leader, an activist, an author, and an […]

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ICYMI — Our First Live Video Q&A

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In case you missed it, on Friday morning (Pacific time), Jennifer and I did our first ever live Q&A, an “Ask Us Anything About #Bioethics.” First of all, THANK YOU to all who participated. We had a number of great questions on several different areas of bioethics. The 20 minute video is archived on our […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Telling the Truth in Colorado Colorado is in the midst of considering whether to approve assisted suicide in their state. Denver NBC affiliate, KUSA (9NEWS), is firm in its commitment to continue calling assisted suicide what it is: assisted suicide. Supporters of assisted suicide prefer that it be called “aid in dying.” But as […]

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Facebook Live Video Event

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This Friday, August 26 at 9:00am Pacific (Noon Eastern, 16:00 GMT), CBC Founder and President Jennifer Lahl and I will be appearing live on The Center for Bioethics and Culture Facebook page, taking questions on any area of bioethics. We often categorize the areas of bioethics under the headings of Taking Life (assisted suicide, euthanasia, stem […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Countering Physician Assisted Suicide: A How To Guide Ashton Ellis, one of our Paul Ramsey Institute Fellows, wrote a very insightful article on the ways in which proponents of physician assisted suicide have engaged in an active, and sadly very successful, campaign to spread the word that doctors in California may now legally kill […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. When is it Too Old to Have a Baby? Another post-menopausal woman (age 62), along with her 78 year old partner, has just given birth, making her Australia’s oldest mother, thanks to IVF. The Australian Medical Association has denounced this birth as “selfish and wrong” with no consideration for the child’s best interest. This […]

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TWO of Our Films Selected for Festival

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We’ve just received some great news. Our films Maggie’s Story and Eggsploitation are BOTH Official Selections of the Silicon Valley International Film Festival. The festival will be held in December, and we are very excited to be able to participate. Thank you — we could not have made and distributed these important films without your […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. UNFPA Announces Opposition to Commercial Surrogacy The Phnom Penh Post reports that the United Nations Population Fund opposes the legalization of commercial surrogacy. This is an important development as Cambodia considers how surrogacy should be treated in the country in the wake of high-profile surrogacy scandals in Thailand, India, and Nepal. “Reproductive health, surrogacy, […]

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Assisted Suicide is Not Medicine

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Dr. Philip Dreisbach, a California oncologist and hematologist, recently wrote an excellent and compelling piece on the dangers of physician assisted suicide. Unfortunately, the article remains locked behind the Wall Street Journal’s pay wall. Allow me then to highlight a few sections of Dr. Dreisbach’s writing, quoting from it more extensively than I normally would. […]

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Maggie’s Story on Amazon

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In July of last year, we released our first documentary short film, Maggie’s Story, on the Vimeo On Demand website. Today we are very pleased to announce that Maggie’s Story is now available on Amazon. For those who are Amazon Prime members, Maggie’s Story is FREE! Others may rent the film for $2.99 or purchase […]

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Happy Birthday CBC!

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In the summer of 2000, Jennifer Lahl received the final paperwork establishing the Center for Bioethics and Culture as a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit educational organization. It has been my great privilege to work with Jennifer here at the CBC since 2009, and be a part of what she has created and built. And, of […]

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