Wounded Vets Don’t Need Taxpayer Funded IVF

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I’ll be in DC next week for a bunch of meetings, mostly speaking with people about a bill that provides $3.4 billion in additional care for vets. I am involved because the bill currently includes an amendment to provide IVF benefits to wounded vets. These sorts of policy battles always start out with a rough […]

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Dear Adele

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Dear Adele, I’m a huge fan. You have talent that is unbelievable, and you seem lovely, kind, funny, and very witty. I loved you in Carpool Karaoke, and you were brilliant when you auditioned as an Adele impersonator. But hello, can you hear me? You have such a big following, and when you offered to […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Welcome News from New York on Assisted Suicide The New York State Appellate Division has just issued a 36-page report stating there is no constitutional right to physician assisted suicide. In 1994, the New York State Task Force on Law and Life issued a report titled, “When Death Is Sought: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia […]

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Great News from Down Under!

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Many of us involved with the Stop Surrogacy Now campaign submitted requests to the the Australian Parliament, as they were holding an open public inquiry on surrogacy. Currently, the law in Australia only permits altruistic surrogacy, which means pressure groups have complained that Australians have to travel abroad in order to hire a woman to […]

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. . . for a human future

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We held our Thirteenth Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner on April 16 in Diablo, California. It was a wonderful gathering where we were able to honor the legacy of Paul Ramsey by presenting Dr. Brent Waters with the Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics and by highlighting the work of our Paul Ramsey Institute. […]

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Wanted: Cheap Labor

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The New York Times today has an article on Nepal’s ban on surrogacy, which went into effect last September. You may recall headlines and pictures post-earthquake of poor Nepalese women left stranded while gay couples from Israel took their babies out of the country. Today’s headline is “Nepal Bans Surrogacy, Leaving Couples With Few Low-Cost […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Coldhearted Sperm “Donor” Glad to No Longer be “Donating” This story caught my attention because of the sheer callousness it demonstrates in a person who donated his sperm to “help others” have a baby. A happily married father of two who is now a physician laments a law in the U.K. that allows children […]

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It’s a Family Affair

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A recent news story reports of four sisters who live in Tabasco, Mexico, who are making a living serving as paid gestational surrogates, mostly for European gay couples. Milagros, the eldest sister, heard about the ‘rent-a-womb’ business in 2013, and thought it would be a good way to make a living. She felt her only […]

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Europe Moves to Defend Women and Children

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Here’s a headline you won’t read in American newspapers today as we continue with what has become a true political circus. Recently in Europe, however, the Social Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted against the practice of all forms of surrogacy—commercial or altruistic, gestational or “traditional,”—rejecting a draft report […]

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The Cold Chain of Precious Cargo

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Wired has just published a close look at the global cold chain of eggs, sperm, and embryos headed to the latest destination where paid surrogacy is legal: “Inside the Hidden Global Supply Chain for Frozen Sperm, Eggs, and Embryos.” Typically, a cold chain is the transportation of things that have a limited shelf-life. Think food […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Surrogacy Bill in Louisiana Here we go again. After two previous attempts—thankfully vetoed by then Governor Bobby Jindal—another surrogacy bill has been introduced in the state of Louisiana. This new bill has passed the House, so we will be monitoring it closely while trying to educate the people in Louisiana of the many pitfalls […]

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13th Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner

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We would like to thank all who attended the 13th Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner on Saturday, April 16. Below are a few snapshots from the evening. We enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Diablo Country Club in the San Francisco Bay Area. CBC President Jennifer Lahl served as emcee for the evening, Ramsey Institute […]

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I Think, Therefore I Move

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Wonderful new developments in biotechnologies are helping people with spinal cord injuries move simply by thinking! People who suffer traumatic spinal cord injuries go from one day being a healthy and functioning human being to being instantly and permanently paralyzed. Ian Burkhart, for example, was left with quadriplegia nearly six years ago after a diving […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Canada’s Assisted Suicide Law Excludes Americans The physician assisted suicide bill introduced by Canadian parliament this week will prevent Americans from accessing it—a move to prevent suicide tourism. A well-intentioned effort perhaps, but the very legalization of suicide is bad for public health outcomes, regardless of location. Suicide is a tragedy whenever and wherever it […]

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Surrogacy Show and Tell

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Redbook magazine has a new online gallery of photos that “capture the beauty surrogacy.” The surrogate pregnancy adventure was chronicle by a birth photographer with the intended parent boasting that “Surrogacy can be just as special and beautiful as a natural pregnancy and birth.” As we often remark at the CBC, we live in a story […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Physician Assisted Suicide Pills Made Cheaper Who doesn’t love a sale?! A new cocktail of drugs has been devised to make physician assisted suicide even cheaper in Washington State. Whereas the previous prescription would cost somewhere between $2,000-$5,000, the new mix is now priced at $500—a real steal! It’s no wonder why governments around […]

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Rethinking Euthanasia?

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Dr. Theo de Boer, a professor of health care ethics at the Theological University in Kampen and associate professor of ethics at the Protestant Theological University in Groningen in the Netherlands, has just published an essay in which he distances himself from the very practice that he once helped shape the policy for implementation. In […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Canadians Reject Assisted Suicide for Mentally Ill One would hope this wouldn’t even be considered news, but just common decency. But after the latest news of Canada wanting to extend the practice of physician assisted suicide to physician assistants as well, it’s hard to know where it will stop. I suppose it’s somewhat comforting […]

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