Film Recommendation: “Alive Inside”

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Thanks to Facebook’s “On This Day” feature I was this morning reminded of the film Alive Inside, which I wrote about enthusiastically two years ago this week. As I wrote then, my encouragement is for you to “see the film if and when you can.” I definitely still feel that way. Alive Inside is currently […]

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We Are Reaching More Than 1,000 People Per Hour Right Now

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UPDATE: When I first wrote this letter, the video had been up for about 4 hours and we had reached 4,000+ people. The trailer has now been live for about 10 hours and has reached more than 12,000 people—that is the power of social media!!! Your gift right now will help us build on this momentum! […]

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Compassion and Choice DENIED

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This morning we released the official trailer for our newest documentary short film, DENIED. The film explores the impact that the legalization of physician assisted suicide has on those who want to live. We explore this through the story of Stephanie, a terminally ill mother of four who has experienced first hand the effects of […]

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A Public Conversation: Friday, November 11

The Center for Bioethics and Culture and @Sea Events present … A Public Conversation with Julie Bindel Journalist, Author, and Human Rights Campaigner Against the Sexual Abuse of Women Friday November 11 The HUB, 3380 Vincent Rd, Pleasant Hill CA $10 in advance at Eventbrite.com $15 at the door 7:00 pm Doors Open, Refreshments. 7:30 […]

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3 Things You Should Know About Physician Assisted Suicide

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Over the next few days I want to highlight our “3 Things You Should Know About . . .” document series. To begin, here are 3 Things You Should Know About Physician Assisted Suicide. Physicians Should Never Be In the Business of Harming Their Patients Physician Assisted Suicide Places Society’s Weakest and Vulnerable at Elevated […]

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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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