This Week in Bioethics

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1. Assisted Suicide Law Now in Effect in Quebec Quebec’s assisted suicide law went into effect yesterday. According to the Minister of Justice, the law is aimed at “allowing people at the end of their lives to receive care that respects their dignity and their autonomy.” It’s both strange and tragic how suicide—normally condemned and […]

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Governor Brown Asked to Weigh in on History-Making California Paid Surrogacy Face-off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117 Bill@NovemberTeam.com Two Surrogate Moms with Triplets being Pressured to Abort Child ——– Can a Mother be Contractually Forced to Terminate a Healthy Baby? San Francisco–Dec. 10…Two California surrogate mothers — both carrying healthy triplets — are being pressured under legal contract to abort one of their babies, and […]

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Euthanasia is Incompatible with Palliative Care

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Since 2002, the Belgium government has aimed to provide “palliative care for all” as a part of its healthcare services. On the surface, this sounds like a laudable goal and one that should be encouraged. But, as a new report from the European Institute of Bioethics reveals, the Belgian government’s understanding of euthanasia as a […]

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Matching Gift Monday

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Today is Matching Gift Monday! Sure, you’ve never heard of it—but as someone who follows our work, you probably know we like to think outside the box and approach our projects with new ideas and creativity. Hence, this new day, Matching Monday! We have received a generous matching gift of $100,000, which means that any […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Gene Editing Summit Supports Human Embryo Research The just concluded International Summit on Human Gene Editing called for “cautious development” of germline editing. While the hope is that such a method would prevent the spread of certain inheritable diseases, it does so by destroying human embryos and it will almost certainly open the floodgates […]

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Sherri Shepherd’s Surrogacy Woes

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In the summer of 2014, Sherri Shepherd, former co-host of The View, and her husband announced they were divorcing. Along with all of the usual drama of divorce, this case had added spectacle as Shepherd and her husband had a surrogate mother under contract who was gestating a child for them. The child in question […]

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Giving Tuesday

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Today is giving Tuesday, an opportunity following all the shopping of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to turn our attentions from buying to giving. As you probably know by now, we have received a generous matching gift of $100,000, which means that any gift you give now will be doubled. To date we’ve raise $24,850 toward […]

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Surrogacy: Mix-Ups and Messes

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A New Zealand couple is now speaking out and telling the world their story that the child they brought home from Thailand following a surrogate pregnancy arrangement four years ago was not in fact their own. According to reports, their embryos were mixed-up at the hospital and, to date, they still don’t know what happened […]

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Why We’re Thankful

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If you follow our work closely, you might be tempted to think that those of us who work for the CBCN are merely messengers of doom and gloom. Since our work deals with ethics at the edges of life—particularly birth and dying—we’re often sounding the alarm on urgent issues in hopes that the world will […]

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New Resource: What’s Wrong With Surrogacy?

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We’ve just completed a new one page information document entitled “What’s Wrong with Surrogacy?” It addresses three points, and includes explanations of those points and links to the latest research supporting those explanations. In this document, the points are: 1. Surrogacy Carries Health Risks that often Go Untold 2. There are Health and Psychological Risks […]

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Suicide and Social Contagion

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In a recent Washington Post opinion piece, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty chronicled suicide’s social contagion effects—and what this means for debates surrounding physician assisted suicide. Dr. Kheriaty, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California Irvine and a board member of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, discussed two social phenomenas that provide insight […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Couples Pursuing Surrogacy in India Now in Limbo Due to India’s recent ban on international commercial surrogacy, a number of foreign couples in process of utilizing an Indian surrogate are scrambling. Some have frozen embryos they are trying to have shipped to their respective countries, while others have surrogates that are already in the […]

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Urgent Alert

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Dear Friend, The future is on the line. And we need your immediate help to make sure it turns out right. That’s not hyperbole. It’s a fact. I’m just back from New York, where I learned that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is about to legalize commercial surrogacy in New York State, and we are […]

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Cultural Imperialism and the Indian Surrogacy Ban

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I can’t help but read many of the articles related to the Indian government’s recent ban on commercial international surrogacy with a certain amount of irony. “The move has dismayed childless couples worldwide,” noted one article in The Telegraph. Others referred to “the panic” caused by the decision. Another noted that this ban would lead […]

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The Big Business of Mexican Surrogacy

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In recent months, we’ve seen a crackdown on the surrogacy enterprise in Thailand, Cambodia, and India—all known as hotspots for those from the developed world relying on the developing world to bear their children. Now, Mexico is under scrutiny for its surrogacy practice and all of the many ways it harms everyone involved. A new […]

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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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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Germany Approves Physician Assisted Suicide Last Friday the government of Germany passed legislation that would regulate assisted suicide in the country. The new law will prevent the commercialization of the practice, but it will allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with the aid of a doctor. For a country whose recent history […]

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The New Brittany Maynard–A Real Hero

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Remember Brittany Maynard? The twenty-nine year old woman who moved from California to Oregon last year to utilize their physician assisted suicide law. She ended her own life at age 29 and as a result, California went on to legalize the practice in the state. A similar story is now being played out in New York […]

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