Update: We Will Be Rescheduling This Event — Please Join Us for a Public Conversation on Depression, Hope, and Healing

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UPDATE: Unfortunately, we will not be holding this event on January 20. We are working to reschedule it. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels. Thank you. The Center for Bioethics and Culture presents our third "Public Conversation" Live Event, with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty. Please join us on Friday, January 20! And pass this along […]

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To Be Human can be Really Hard

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Last week I wrote about the Massachusetts Medical Society’s plans to survey their members, part of which involved a debate over the terms medical aid in dying” vs. “physician-assisted suicide.” As part of that discussion, one Massachusetts physician emphasized the need to highlight the growth and development of the field of palliative care in any […]

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Thank You

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Over the past few weeks I came to you several times, asking you to help us start 2017 on firm financial ground. You have done just that. I want to offer you my sincere gratitude for your generosity. Many gave larger gifts than they ever had before, and many others gave for the very first […]

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Let’s Call it What it Is

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The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts Medical Society is planning to conduct a survey of its 25,000 members in order to determine their perspectives on either “medical aid in dying” or “physician-assisted suicide.” Deciding what to call it seems to be one of the main sticking points. The doctors even disagreed about what words […]

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We Don’t Yet Fully Understand all of the Implications

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NPR recently ran an article on the latest developments in the area of “three-parent embryos.” Such embryos are being created in an effort to help those who carry a genetic defect in their mitochondrial DNA. The article is a long and at times technical read, but the upshot is that there is much scientists do […]

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Physician-Assisted Death Destroys Medical Ethics

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The editor-in-chief of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Lawrence Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., addresses physician assisted suicide in the winter edition of the journal. His goal is to encourage physicians and the medical associations of which they are a part to hold firm to medicine’s Hippocratic roots and continue to oppose assisted suicide measures. […]

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Happy New Year

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As we close out 2016 and look forward to 2017, it’s not too late to give a gift of support. All that we’ve been able to accomplish in 2016 (and since our founding in 2000) is because of individuals and foundations who have given generously and faithfully. Please remember The Center for Bioethics and Culture […]

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Holiday Weekend Reading and Watching

Happy New Year! Because New Year’s Day falls on Sunday this year, many will have a three day weekend, so I wanted to gather some resources you might want to read or watch, if you haven’t already. First, though, here is a quick update on our year-end fundraising efforts: we need to raise $25,000 by […]

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I was a Surrogate. I Want People to Know What’s Really Going On.

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In December of 2016, I received an email through our Stop Surrogacy Now Campaign website. The plea was simple: I recently gave birth in Greece as a surrogate. I gave birth to twins a boy and a girl. My health suffered terribly as the pregnancy and the hormone medication I was taking affected my thyroid. […]

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Can You Help Me?

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I need your help. We need to raise $21,000 between now and December 31 in order to start 2017 on a strong financial footing. See my video below for more details. If everyone who reads this makes a donation, this fundraiser will be finished in a few hours. Please consider making a gift of $5, […]

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Board of Directors and Staffof the Center for Bioethics and Culture! During this time of giving, we are 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 […]

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We Need Your Help!

We need to raise $25,000 between now and December 31 in order to start 2017 on a strong financial footing. If everyone who watches the video below or reads this post made a donation, this fundraiser would be finished in a few hours. Please consider making a gift of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or […]

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Why Documentary Film?

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Telling stories through film has a profound and immediate effect on audiences, changing the way they think in a positive way. Our films, all produced on modest budgets, have each yielded an enormous impact. We’ve shown our films all over the world, and we’ve translated them into French, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish. All are available […]

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Frozen Souls

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Last week on her personal Facebook account, Jennifer posed the question, “What’s going to be the fall-out from the human social experiment of embryo donation and adoption?” A healthy discussion followed in the comments to her post. People weighed in to emphasize strong pro-life principles, cautions about lessons that should be learned from the history […]

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One Month from Today

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On January 20, 2017, the Center for Bioethics and Culture will host our third “Public Conversation” Live Event. Dr. Aaron Kheriaty will address the complex problem of depression from multiple perspectives—biological, psychological, social, and spiritual—and suggest resources for hope and healing. Kheriaty believes individuals suffering from depression, including patients facing a terminal diagnosis, should be […]

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A Populist Bioethics Commission?

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Our friend Wesley Smith makes some provocative suggestions for President-Elect Trump to establish a “populist bioethics commission.” The issue is pressing because biomedical technology is way out ahead of our policies: We are entering Brave New World territory, with potentially momentous impact on culture and the concept of family. Human cloning has, with way too […]

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You shop. Amazon gives.

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Maybe you’re like my family, trying to finish your Christmas shopping this weekend. If so, you can support The Center for Bioethics and culture by shopping at Amazon using the following link: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html You shop. Amazon gives. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to The Center for Bioethics and Culture. Thank […]

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Jennifer on Facebook Live

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Jennifer has been posting Facebook Live videos to keep all of us up to speed on the happenings at the Silicon Valley International Film Festival. You don’t have to be a Facebook member to watch the videos, though, so I’m posting them here too. And, as is often the case in our work, an urgent […]

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