reproductive tech

Jennifer Lahl on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and the official website asks, “What’s Your International Women’s Day 2012 Theme?” At National Review Online’s “The Home Front,” Jennifer suggests the theme of “Putting our bodies and babies back together.” The path to doing this begins with “serious public conversation about our reproductive bodies and the babies we create.” […]

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Babies without Sex

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President Last December I was invited to tape a show for Dr. Oz, which aired in January of 2012. It is hard to explain what it’s like to tape a show in front of a live audience. There are all the pragmatic realities—such as the very early wake-up call for hair […]

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Excellent Book Review

The Brave Lass, a freelance writer in Colorado, gives a close reading to Ellen Painter Dollar’s new book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, and finds it wanting. From the conclusion: Ellen Painter Dollar’s story is deeply moving, but when she attempts to move into […]

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We’re Not in Kansas

A report from CBC President Jennifer Lahl on the Dr. Oz show and screenings of Anonymous Father’s Day and Eggsploitation in New York City. Read it at CBC-Network.org

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Jennifer Lahl on the Dr. Oz Show

As you probably know by now, CBC President Jennifer Lahl was on the Dr. Oz show that aired on January 27. The show has posted the segments of the show individually. Here are links to all of the segments. When are you too old to have a baby? Part 1 When are you too old […]

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Scientists Grow Sperm in Lab

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The headline seemed controversial, but I don’t think it is. Scientists have removed male germ cells from the testes of mice and transformed them into sperm, from whence they come in the normal functioning male body. From the Telegraph story: Researchers in Germany and Israel […]

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Reproductive Anarchy Produces Anarchy in Reproduction

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC My wife ran a column today referencing a local (San Francisco area) story in which a volunteer sperm donor has biologically contributed to the conception of (soon) 18 children in the area via low tech artificial insemination. The result? The FDA wants to regulate private […]

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A Visit to the Land of Dr. Oz

The last two weeks have been full of the unexpected. Like you, I had a full schedule planned for last week—ending with an early family Christmas gathering in my home for over 20 guests this past Saturday. About two weeks ago I got a call from The Dr. Oz Show producer, asking if I would […]

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Break the Spiral of Silence

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager Chuck Colson today weighs in on Jennifer’s recent experience of being verbally mauled by a fertility specialist at a Canadian fertility conference. Sadly, Lahl’s experience is much more common than you would expect . . . The directness of this attack and its unvarnished prejudice is intended to […]

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Egg Harvesting Raises Risk of Ovarian Tumors

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC IVF has been painted as a virtually risk free enterprise. But we haven’t much studied the long term impact on children — who appear to have higher rates of certain health issues than those conceived through the natural process — or on women who have […]

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Who’s Allowed in the Public Square? And who Gets to Decide?

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President Despite all our society’s talk of civility these days, it seems the public square is only becoming more of a lion’s den. And people of a certain stripe are being excluded or marginalized purely on the basis of their religious beliefs. Case in point: Recently, I was invited to speak […]

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Father Can’t Stop Embryos From Being Implanted

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC It amazes me how an embryo is or isn’t an existing human life — depending on what the question is. In Argentina, a man fathered embryos via IVF, and then divorced. His ex wants to be implanted with the embryos, but he says that would […]

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CBC is Just Getting Started

Your personal interest in what is happening through the Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC) is so encouraging. I appreciate your willingness to join hands with me in this bioethics battle. I cannot lead this effort without you! On September 3, I returned home from a packed 12-day trip to Italy. Eggsploitation was one of […]

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The Commercialization of Reproduction and Donor Anonymity in Canada

This week, we are pleased to feature an in-depth report on assisted reproduction in Canada. The report was prepared by our 2011 Blackstone Legal Intern, Brittney Sharp. The report is especially timely as Jennifer Lahl will be in Toronto later this month speaking at a conference on reproductive issues and filming two interviews for our […]

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Babies for Sale, Buyers Beware

Infertility can bring much heartache to couples desperately wanting a baby. Sadly, desperation opens the door for exploitation. Recently, two high-profile surrogacy attorneys, Theresa Erickson and Hilary Neiman, were caught exploiting surrogates, stealing from California taxpayers, and, most horrifically, selling babies. Continue reading at CBC-Network.org

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No, 94-Year Old Zsa Zsa Would Not Be a “Mother”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I know this is celebrity junk, but there is a kernel of importance here. Zsa Zsa Gabor is experiencing a difficult time with the kind of severe health problems and other vicissitudes of old age that one might expect in a woman of 94 years. […]

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In a “Choice Revolution” There Are No “Ethical Boundaries”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I first heard the euphemistic term “selective reduction,” at a bioethics conference at which I was speaking in Banff, Alberta. I don’t remember the year, probably about a decade ago. I was speaking on assisted suicide, and as I awaited my turn, the speaker before […]

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Only You Can Prevent Sex Selection and Other Ethical Failings

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Art Caplan — very pro choice — has an interesting article out warning against fetal testing technologies that can lead to sex selection and other eugenic pregnancy terminations. The context is a story in which sex can be determined in a blood test of the […]

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