surrogacy

Britni’s Experience as a Surrogate Mother

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Because of our films and how outspoken we’ve been about surrogacy—particularly through the #StopSurrogacyNow coalition—we are regularly contacted by women who find themselves in the midst of surrogacies that are in the process of going wrong or who are living with the aftermath of a situation that went wrong. Some of these women want to […]

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This Week in Bioethics #100

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To celebrate the 100th This Week in Bioethics (TWIB), Jennifer and I did a 10 minute Facebook live version of TWIB! 1. How Many? How many? This was Jennifer’s simple question in her testimony before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee yesterday morning. How many women . . . how many children . . . […]

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How Many?

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How many? This was Jennifer’s simple question in her testimony before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee yesterday morning. How many women . . . how many children . . . how many must be harmed before surrogacy is stopped? As part of SB 6037, “The Uniform Parenting Act,” Washington State is considering enabling commercial, […]

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This Week in Bioethics #99

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To mark the 99th issue of This Week in Bioethics I decided to make a video version to accompany the written version. Take a few minutes to watch it and let us know what you think. 1. Surrogacy Legislation Debate in New Jersey A bill that would legalize commercial surrogacy in New Jersey was advanced […]

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This Week in Bioethics #95

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1. Jennifer in Washington State On Tuesday, Jennifer testified before the Washington State Senate’s Law & Justice Committee. They’re considering SB 6037, The Uniform Parentage Act, which would, among other things, legalize surrogacy in and encourage reproductive tourism to Washington State. In just over two minutes, Jennifer attempted to summarize the full scope of the […]

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Regulation Can Never . . .

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On Tuesday, January 17, 2018, Jennifer Lahl was given only two minutes in front of the Washington State Senate’s Law & Justice Committee to testify about surrogacy. They are considering SB 6037, The Uniform Parentage Act, which would, among other things, legalize surrogacy in and encourage reproductive tourism to Washington State. In just over two […]

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A Small but Mighty Book—Renate Klein’s Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation

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Reviewed by Kallie Yeoman, MS, BSN, RN It is clear, even from the title—Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation—how Dr. Renate Klein feels about surrogacy. She has spent many years studying, writing, and educating on women’s health, reproductive technologies, and feminist philosophies, and she cofounded Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering (FINRRAGE). […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Latest on the Sherri Shepherd Surrogacy Saga A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that TV personality and actress Sherri Shepherd cannot get out of the surrogacy contract into which she and her former husband entered. The couple split up during the surrogate’s pregnancy, and so Ms. Shepherd sought to get out of her commitment […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Matching Gift Challenge On Monday we announced that some of our very generous donors are matching $30,000 in donations given between now and the end of 2017. The CBC (like most nonprofit organizations) relies heavily on end-of-year giving in order to start the new year on a strong footing. We have already raised $4,023 […]

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Contract Pregnancies Exposed Part 2

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In Part 1 of this article I provided a brief overview of the history of surrogacy in the United States. In this second and final portion of the article, I delve into the actual language of surrogacy contracts. Real Surrogacy Contracts Perhaps the most effective argument against surrogacy agreements is the language of the contracts […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. We Won’t Back Down The CBC (like most nonprofit organizations) rely heavily on end-of-year giving in order to start the new year on a strong footing. We’ve had an amazing year, although one not without its difficulties. We’re up against powerful interests that profit handsomely from their exploitative work. We truly need your financial […]

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Contract Pregnancies Exposed Part 1

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The United States currently has a hodge-podge of state-level legislation regulating surrogacy. High-profile disputes over surrogate pregnancies demonstrate this is not a workable solution. Regulating surrogacy does not protect women and children. It only commodifies them more. The current debate over surrogacy in the United States has two main positions. One side argues we should […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. #StopSurrogacyNow Jessica Allen’s surrogacy story picked up even more press this week: Washington Post, BBC, People magazine, Inside Edition, PopSugar, The Independent, LiveScience, Mom.me, and more. You may remember that she was pregnant with a baby for a Chinese couple and with her own child at the same time, and she had to fight […]

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A Case for Abolishing all Forms of Surrogacy

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Our friends at #StopSurrogacyNow have picked up and republished an article that tackles head-on the common idea that unpaid or “altruistic” surrogacy may be okay. This is an argument we often hear: it’s really the money that corrupts things, if surrogacy is done without the money or with only reimbursement for actual expenses — not […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Another Surrogacy Nightmare Yesterday’s New York Post profiled a young California mother who served as a surrogate mother for a Chinese couple. When she saw the twin boys she’d delivered she said, “Wow! They look different.” One of the boys was Chinese, the other was half-white, half African-American, the child of Jessica and her […]

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Surrogacy: Messy and Complicated

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Today’s New York Post profiles Jessica Allen, a young mother from Perris, Calif., who served as a surrogate mother for a Chinese couple. Spoiler alert: this surrogacy case is particularly messy and complicated. Jessica carried and gave birth to twin boys, Mike and Max. Because the delivery was made via C-section, Jessica was not able […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. SCOTUS Declines to Hear Surrogacy Case As far as I know, nothing we’ve posted on social media has ever gotten more reach or engagement that this news. It’s a case we have been involved in and followed from the very beginning. The Federalist’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s denial says it all. [I]f there were […]

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#StopSurrogacyNow: New Book Announcement “Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation”

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Our #StopSurrogacyNow campaign this week announced a new book by Dr. Renate Klein, an original signer of the #StopSurrogacyNow Statement and long-term women’s health researcher from Australia. She has written extensively on reproductive technologies and feminist theory over the last 30 years. Her book, Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation, will be published in November 2017, […]

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