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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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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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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Message to Governor Bobby Jindal: Women are Mothers not Breeders

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On April 1 the Louisiana House passed H.B. 187, a gestational surrogacy bill that would provide a legal framework for women to enter into a contract in order to carry, deliver, and surrender a child at birth to an infertile couple. The bill has now passed the Senate and is headed to Governor Bobby Jindal’s […]

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Forced C-Sections & Obsession with Birth Control

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I read an interesting column in the Guardian about how many hospitals in Brazil basically force mothers to have C-sections rather than natural birth. From, “Inside the War on Natural Birth,” by Jill Filipovic: …forced or coerced c-sections are not unusual here in Brazil, where some hospitals deliver almost 100% of babies surgically. And as […]

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Reduce Infant Health Risks: Reduce Multiple Embryo IVF Transfers

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Earlier this week the National Perinatal Association (NPA), which represents the U.S. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) professionals and parents issued a new position statement recommending that IVF clinics only engage in single embryo transfers. In their statement, the NPA recognized that: Risks linked to ART [assisted reproductive technologies] multiple births resulting from more than […]

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Pushing Polyamorous Genetic-Related Babies

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The bioethics movement grows ever more radical. In the reproductive field, many activists promote a near-absolute right to have a baby, the kind of baby we want, via any means we desire. The UK’s John Harris is a major voice in utilitarian bioethics discourse, who believes that killing so-called human non persons is A-OK. He has now written in favor […]

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FDA Moving Toward OK for 3-Parent Embryos

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An experimental technique for creating embryos with three biological parents appears to be moving toward an okay from the FDA. Ostensibly to prevent mitochondrial disease, the experiment would use one genetically modified egg (with the nucleus from another egg), and sperm to create a new human life via IVF. Now, an FDA committee is holding hearings […]

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In Vitro Fantasies

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Yesterday the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology announced that IVF birth rates reached an all time high in 2012, accounting for 1.5% of all births in the United States. Incidentally, this news reached me just a few hours after I completed an interview with a woman who went down the path of several failed IVF cycles […]

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Beware Sexual Orientation Eugenic Cleansing

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Oh, oh. A scientific study has concluded that about 40% of the “cause” of (white) male homosexuality is genetic. From the Telegraph story: Homosexuality is only partly genetic with sexuality mostly based on environmental and social factors, scientists believe. A study found that, while gay men shared similar genetic make-up, it only accounted for 40 […]

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Get Ready for a Busy 2014 in Bioethics

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My taskmasters at the CBC never allow me to rest on my laurels. Fresh off several years of stellar prognosticating, I am now forced to answer the question: “But what have you predicted, lately?” Okay, let’s take a look. Oh! Oh my. Please remember, the following predictions are what I see happening. They do not […]

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Who Cares About IVF Dangers?

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The British Medical Journal has published a cautionary article warning of the potential dangers of IVF. From “Are We Overusing IVF?” Extended use of IVF also increases the risk of harm. Multiple pregnancies are associated with maternal and perinatal complications such as gestational diabetes, fetal growth restriction, and pre-eclampsia as well as premature birth. And […]

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Why that Film Affected Me So

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A woman who just watched Breeders sent the following note: How utterly profound, sad, and revealing. I actually cried at the end of that film and I am the *antithesis* of a weeper! And I sat, somewhat stunned, in silence for about 15 minutes when the film ended — thoroughly disturbed by what I had […]

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Babies Born to Thai Surrogates in Legal Limbo

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Dozens of babies born to Thai surrogates from embryos involving Israeli fathers cannot leave the country. From The Times of Israel story: Several dozen surrogate babies born, or about to be born, in Thailand — through the arrangements of Israeli couples — are unable to come to Israel because the Interior Ministry has not granted […]

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Treating Women Like Dogs

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News is breaking of a woman in India who just gave birth to ten babies at 12 weeks of pregnancy. It is not clear from the story if this woman was a surrogate or an infertile woman undergoing IVF for her own sake. None of the babies survived, which should be of little surprise to […]

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Modern Families and the Messes We Make

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Assistive reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization not only involve serious medical risks, they also disrupt family life and commodify human beings. It almost always starts with an emotional story: an infertile couple trying desperately to conceive; a woman diagnosed with cancer, worried that she may lose her fertility when she undergoes chemotherapy or […]

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“Donate and Preserve” – Just Another Eggsploitation Gimmick?

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Connecticut’s leading fertility center, CT Fertility, run by Dr. Michael Doyle, has announced the launch of a new “Donate and Preserve” program. The program offers repeat egg donors the option to save some of their eggs for their own use later on, should they have problems conceiving. Recognizing the highly educated egg donors in their […]

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IVF Hopes—and Mostly Dreams

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Last month on NBC’s TODAY show, a couple from Missouri had an IVF embryo implantation performed live on air. This morning they returned to the show to announce their news to the world: they are successfully pregnant. Journaling about the process on the NBC website, the hopeful mother wrote the following entry before finding out […]

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