surrogacy

The Children Know It’s Not OK

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The Center for Bioethics and Culture’s mission is to initiate, facilitate, and enhance conversations focused on the intersection of health and wellness, medicine, science and technology, and law and public policy around matters in bioethics. Specifically, we intentionally bring diverse voices together, across the spectrum of human experiences, building common cause in order to answer […]

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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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Breeders? in the New York Times

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Over the weekend, the New York Times ran the first article in what we understand will be a series of articles on surrogacy. The article is entitled “Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It: Foreign Couples Heading to America for Surrogate Pregnancies,” and is available on the NYT website. Heather, who is […]

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On Surrogacy, “Breeders?”, and TPR

Two new pieces on surrogacy, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, and third-party reproduction have hit the internet this morning. First is a profile piece at ABC News, which is drawing a lot of comments on ABC’s website as well as some, well, less than civil discourse on twitter. Woman Sets Out to Ban Surrogacy Both […]

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Breeders in NY and DC

We had great screenings of Breeders: A Subclass of Women? in New York and DC last week. Both audiences were very engaged with the film, which made for great Q&A and discussion after the screening. Below are a few pictures that will give you just a taste of what it was like. If you weren’t […]

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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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