Film Puts Surrogacy Under Examination As Legislation Is Debated Nationwide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Producers Of Breeders: A Subclass of Women? to Hold SpecialScreenings In New York City & Washington, D.C. PLEASANT HILL, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBC), producers of the award-winning documentary, Eggsploitation (2010) and Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), announced they will host […]

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A Warning Sign

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A common response we often hear from women is that while they may be opposed to paid commercial surrogacy or even to surrogacy in general, they’d gladly do it for a close friend or relative struggling to have a child. A recent article in the Huffington Post should serve as a warning sign for those […]

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A Letter in Support of Governor Jindal’s Veto of H.B. 187

To: Members of the Louisiana Legislature As I write, I know that many of you are not happy with the Governor’s decision to veto this bill. Others, perhaps, support the Governor’s action, and some, maybe, are breathing a sigh of relief at not having to add another law, particularly one with such far-reaching implications for […]

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Jindal Vetoes Unconstitutional Surrogacy Bill

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A few days ago, I warned that Louisiana’s passed surrogacy bill was unconstitutional because it limited the procedure to infertile heterosexual married couples. Governor Bobby Jindal has vetoed. From the Times Picayune story: Surrogacy births — in which a couple’s embryo is implanted in another woman — are not illegal in Louisiana. The contracts between […]

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Louisiana Governor Vetoes Second Surrogacy Bill

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We have just learned that Governor Jindal has vetoed H.B. 187, which would have opened the door to create 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. This is the second time a surrogacy bill has landed on […]

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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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Louisiana’s Unconstitutional Surrogacy Bill

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Talk about a lawsuit waiting to happen! Louisiana is poised to pass a bill that would permit altruistic surrogacy under strictly limited circumstances. From Jennifer Lahl’s piece on it over at the Center for Bioethics and Culture: This bill will allow only altruistic surrogacy between married heterosexual couples who need a surrogate for medical reasons (not […]

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Jennifer Lahl Interviewed by Human Life Review

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Ms. Lahl discussed her film and surrogacy with Human Life Review’s John Grondelski. The last time surrogacy was in the mainstream media, Bill and Elizabeth Stern were fighting with Mary Beth Whitehead in a New Jersey court over “Baby M.” But “Baby M” is now 28 years old. Why your interest in surrogacy now? What […]

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Breeders at the Roxie

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Last night was our third theatrical screening of Breeders: A Subclass of Women?. The Roxie Theater is in the heart of the San Francisco Mission district and it is an icon for those familiar with this beautiful city. The Roxie is a non-profit organization, which means the venue is quite affordable—a plus for our non-profit. […]

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3 Things You Can Do

Two weeks from now, we will be showing Breeders at the Roxie Theater, right in the heart of San Francisco. Jennifer Lahl (director, writer, and producer) and Cameron Shaw (cinematographer) will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. As you already know, we’re used to going into diverse audiences and places to screen […]

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An Update on Cindy’s Story from Breeders

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A Texas appeals court has ruled that Cindy Close, who is featured in our film Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, is the legal mother of her twins. Cindy was in a non-romantic relationship with Marvin McMurrey III when they decided to have children together using donor eggs and his sperm for Close to conceive via […]

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Pregnancy, why bother?

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There are those hushed, polite conversations when people wondered why Tag Romney and his wife, who already had three children naturally, chose to have three more children via gestational surrogacy.  The celebrity surrogate pregnancy stories always raise more eyebrows.  Why did Sarah Jessica Parker, already a proven birth mother, use another woman’s body to have […]

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Reach and Influence

While we were making our latest documentary film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, we knew that it was well timed as surrogacy is becoming an increasingly pressing topic. And indeed, since we released the film in January, surrogacy seems to be in the news more than ever, several states are considering legislation that would legalize […]

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Fertility Industry Dehumanizes Surrogates

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As a paid consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture, I have become informed about issues to which I might otherwise have paid scant attention. This is particularly true with regard to the increasingly dark side of the fertility industry, about which the CBC has been doing splendidly illuminative work. It has really opened […]

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Baby Farms

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The Daily Mail recently featured an article titled “Wombs for Rent” that praises the surrogacy enterprise as a means of “transforming the lives of poverty-stricken women” in India. India has been a hotspot for commercial surrogacy since the early 2000s, particularly for couples from the UK, Australia, and the United States looking to avoid the […]

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Dorothy, We’re Not in Kansas Any More

Legislative battles are heating up across the United States on the issues of surrogacy contracts and the regulation of assisted reproduction. If we are truly concerned for the welfare of women and children, we must oppose such practices.  On January 27, the Kansas State Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare conducted hearings on proposed […]

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An Exclusive Interview with a Surrogate Mother

The following is an interview I did with a surrogate after she saw our film Breeders: A Subclass of Women? LAHL: You were a surrogate for your sister and you’ve written a book, Silently I Cried, about your experience (which didn’t go well at all). You’ve watched my new film Breeders. Which surrogate did you […]

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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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