surrogacy

Making Life and Taking Life, One Law at a Time

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New York State Senator Brad Hoylman has been on the CBC radar for some time now. He’s been pushing legislation to make commercial surrogacy legal in his state. He’s the direct beneficiary of the practice, which allows paying women to have babies for others. He and his partner, David Sigal, paid a woman in San […]

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Christmas List in Three Words

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Have you seen the #XmasListIn3Words meme going around around on social media? Here are a few three-word Christmas wishes we have: Stop Think Again Comfort Not Kill Stop Surrogacy Now No Human Cloning Truly Human Future

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Top Ten Posts (#7) #TBT

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We’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #7, is an open letter Jennifer Lahl wrote in May of this year urging Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to weigh carefully the ramifications of a surrogacy bill headed to his desk for […]

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Just the Sort of Contracts the Left Usually Condemns

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Allow me to draw your attention to a recent article from The Week that addresses the issue of surrogacy from a politically left/progressive/liberal perspective. Briefly stated, the argument of “Why the Left Should Oppose Commercial Surrogacy” is one based in principles of economic justice: commercial surrogacy “invariably involves wealthy couples renting poorer women’s bodies.” Leftists […]

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Top Ten Posts (#8) #TBT

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We’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #8, is from May 2012, just after Mitt and Ann Romney welcomed two grandchildren via “gestational surrogacy.” Jennifer Lahl, CBC President, used the occasion as an opportunity to write an introduction to […]

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U.S. Borders Open Wide and Encourage Reproductive Tourism

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Last night before heading off to bed I happened to check my email, only to read this unbelievable headline – “Obama Administration Allows Fertility Clinics To Sell US Citizenship.” Boy, did that catch my eye! I’ve just finished reading the Policy Alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security. You can read it here but […]

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A Case of Surrogacy’s Gordian Knot

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What a mess. What a God-awful mess the new reproductive technologies in general—and commercial surrogacy, in particular—are making of family life. What a legal, emotional, and moral mess. Case in point: A commercial surrogacy contract was litigated in Tennessee all the way to the state’s Supreme Court—which was forced to sort out the chaos that […]

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Surrogacy Up Close: “Points of Origin”

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“If I had the money, I wouldn’t do this.” These are the words offered by Anjali, the hired surrogate for R.J. and Rosemary in a beautiful and well-crafted new short film, Points of Origin, by filmmaker Anya Leta that explores the tensions of commercial surrogacy in India. While R.J. is a native of India, he […]

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International Day of Rural Women: Promoting Real Solutions

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Today, October 15, the United Nations celebrates the “International Day of Rural Women.” The day was established in 2007 to mark “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” Unfortunately, in places like India, Thailand, and soon, Nepal, one […]

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The Happy Surrogate Families

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In addition to the tragic stories of surrogacy gone wrong, there are families and surrogates with “happy endings.” It is important to hear these stories, too, and to respond to the arguments they make in favor of surrogacy. Since the release of my latest film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, and with the media attention […]

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Surrogacy: Children of Dreams, Parents of Means

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A new book tells the story of an infertile couple that has children through Indian surrogacy services—but it glosses over the costs to egg donors, surrogate mothers, and children. Since gestational surrogacy was legalized in 2002, it has become one of the fastest growing industries in India’s rapidly developing economy. A recent World Bank report […]

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More New York Times Coverage of Surrogacy, Breeders?

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The New York Times today published the third and final installment in a series of articles on surrogacy. This article appears on the front page and is titled, “Surrogates and Couples Face a Maze of Laws, State by State.” Weighing the Risks One of the strongest opponents of surrogacy is Jennifer Lahl, president of the […]

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The “Ease” of Babies Outside the Womb

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“Making Babies Outside of the Womb Has Never Been So Easy” exclaims a new headline in The Atlantic. The article reports that one percent of children now born in the U.S. are conceived via reproductive technology in some form or fashion (IVF, sperm or egg donation, surrogacy, or a combination thereof). As the author notes: […]

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Kajsa Ekis Ekman at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas

An important talk on surrogacy from Australia’s “Festival of Dangerous Ideas.” Jennifer Lahl interviewed the speaker, Kajsa Ekis Ekman, in July, and that interview is posted here.

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Breeders? Featured on ABC News’ Nightline and PBS’ To The Contrary

In August, both ABC and PBS aired segments on surrogacy that prominently featured Jennifer Lahl and our latest film Breeders: A Subclass of Women?. The videos of each segment are embedded below. For more, the film’s website has links to the extensive list of media coverage Breeders? has garnered. Conception Controversy: Regretting Surrogacy, ABC NewsNightline […]

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C-Sections and Surrogates: A Risky Combination

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The Atlantic features an article highlighting the high risks of caesarean section birth deliveries and its increased usage, noting: “surgical childbirth has gone from an act of desperation to the most common major surgery in the U.S” According to new research cited in the article, C-section babies go on to have a 22 percent higher […]

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Surrogates Speaking Up and Speaking Out

Our Christopher White has “Hot Topic” item on surrogacy on the Human Life Review blog. In it, he highlights the far-reaching effects of the practice. Surrogacy never concerns just one person’s decision-making capacity. In addition to the women involved, the process also affects the children conceived through this method, and a host of other individuals. […]

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The Giver and Our Not So Dystopian Society

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The case of Baby Gammy opened the eyes of the world to the cruelty that can often come into play in surrogate pregnancy arrangements—especially when a child is discovered to have some form of disability. Unfortunately, it seems the Baby Gammy case is not an outlier. The Telegraph is reporting on a new situation where […]

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