Making Babies, Making Money

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IVF Worldwide is an expansive online community that prides itself on being “the largest and most comprehensive in-vitro fertilization (IVF)-focused website for doctors, embryologists, nurses, and social workers.” While it’s meant to serve as a resource for those within the industry—because make no mistake about it, that’s what it is, an industry—couples considering using IVF […]

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BIG News: Eggsploitation Digital

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We are very pleased to announce that our award-winning documentary Eggsploitation is now available for rental or purchase on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Xbox Video. This is the updated and expanded version with new interviews and footage that we released last year. Action Items: Rent or purchase Eggsploitation on your favorite platform/service. […]

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Shame on Pro-Assisted Suicide Desmond Tutu!

How would legalizing assisted suicide help the downtrodden, poor, and discriminated against? It wouldn’t, which is one reason why legalizing doctor-prescribed death is mostly a cause of the well off, for whom access to quality health care is not a problem. To be blunt, these folks know what they want for themselves and don’t care […]

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IVF Fallout Continues

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Here at the CBC, we’ve made an effort to underscore the fact that IVF is rarely the miracle that its proponents make it out to be. Failure rates, as we’ve highlighted before, are ridiculously high—especially for the absurd costs that most couples shell out in order to achieve pregnancy through this method. New figures just […]

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The Children Know It’s Not OK

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The Center for Bioethics and Culture’s mission is to initiate, facilitate, and enhance conversations focused on the intersection of health and wellness, medicine, science and technology, and law and public policy around matters in bioethics. Specifically, we intentionally bring diverse voices together, across the spectrum of human experiences, building common cause in order to answer […]

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California Stem Cell Crony Capitalism

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Color me wondering why it took so long: The former head of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine–once in charge of giving away billions of dollars of borrowed taxpayers’ money–has joined a company to which the CIRM gave a big grant. From the (surprising they published it–good for them!) San Francisco Chronicle story: StemCells Inc.’s […]

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IVF Surrogate Baby Unwanted and Returned

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This celebrity gossip illustrates a profound wrong of our times. When a baby is created as a purchased product, we should not be surprised when the merchandise is returned. Well, you can’t actually return a baby. But you can reject it.  From the Daily Mail story: She had been excitedly anticipating the arrival of a […]

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Breeders? in the New York Times

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Over the weekend, the New York Times ran the first article in what we understand will be a series of articles on surrogacy. The article is entitled “Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It: Foreign Couples Heading to America for Surrogate Pregnancies,” and is available on the NYT website. Heather, who is […]

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When Liberal Politics Get in Way of Scientific Facts

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Here we go again. The New York Times publishes an op/ed piece claiming that beliefs get in the way of accepting science–naming the usual suspects, e.g., human-caused global warming and evolution. Boring! We’ve seen the same article written so many times. But there is some truth to be found in the article. From, “When Beliefs and […]

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Press Coverage of Breeders?

We’re grateful for all of the press coverage Breeders: A Subclass of Women? has garnered. We’ve now gathered everything so far in one place. Outlets include ABC News, New York Post, Women’s Health, Sidney Morning Herald, Pop Sugar, On Faith, Daily Mail, Human Life Review, National Catholic Register, National Review Online, and more. We’ll keep […]

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A Bad Week of Press for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

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If you are like me (you probably aren’t) and have your google alerts set for “egg donation,” “sperm donation,” and “surrogacy,” you will have seen that it was a bad press week for the field of reproductive medicine. Here are several stories that caught my eye. Risks to Mother and ChildThe Daily Mail reports on […]

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Centralized Healthcare Hurts the Dying

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We should look with great trepidation at the experience of the NHS for what Obamacare’s centralized control is bringing our way–I mean beyond bitter societal division currently tearing the country apart. The care of the dying vividly illustrate my point. Years ago, too many dying people on the NHS were allowed to die in agony. […]

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IVF With Donated Eggs Can be Deadly

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A new study reports that women who use donated eggs in IVF have a greater likelihood of dying. From the Daily Mail story: Women who have IVF babies using donor eggs could be much more at risk for a common but potentially dangerous complication of pregnancy, warn researchers. A new study shows a threefold higher […]

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Don’t Force Doctors Into Gun Control Decisions

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We are told constantly that we have to control medical costs. Then, we expand what is considered “health care.” Latest example: Force doctors into decisions about gun permits. From a column in The Atlantic: The American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and U.S. Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy are calling gun violence a public health […]

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I Really Need Your Help!

As you have no doubt seen, we have received a lot of media attention for our work and especially for our most recent film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? in the past few weeks. This media coverage has brought several responses. It has brought a number of intense, hateful, and vicious comments directed at me […]

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GG Bridge Suicide Barrier Violates Right to Death

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We are told continually by the “right to die” crowd that suicide/euthanasia is the “ultimate civil liberty.” Indeed, these purveyors of suicide argue that we all of the RIGHT to determine the time, manner, method, and place of death. If that is so, the Golden Gate Bridge District Board of Directors are civil rights abusers! […]

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Starving Patients Who Eat Next Stop on Slippery Slope

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No line in bioethics is ever fixed.  Rather, the push to eradicate the boundaries that keep medical professionalism tied to Hippocratic values (sniffed at as “paternalism” by many in the field) continues unabated, with new boundary lines created, consolidated, and then moved again into ever-more extreme territory. Some call this, the “slippery slope.” Case in point: Suicide […]

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Wisconsin Democrats Endorse Assisted Suicide

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Disability rights activists are, generally speaking, part of the Democratic coalition. They also, generally speaking, are the country’s most effective opponents of assisted suicide. I hope my disability rights activist friends take note that the Wisconsin Democratic Party has now explicitly endorsed assisted suicide. From the 2014 Wisconsin Democratic Party Platform: We believe in freedom […]

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