surrogacy

This Deserves to be Read Far and Wide

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Australian feminist health researcher Dr. Renate Klein has written a timely and important article on surrogacy, particularly in the wake of the scandal surrounding the Baby Gammy case. Specifically, she is responding to those who claim that regulation will cure all that is wrong with surrogacy. Her view differs considerably: As a critic of the […]

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End Third-Party Conception Arrangements

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Regulations can’t solve the tangle of moral wrongs that beset surrogate motherhood. I’m no fan of third-party reproduction. Anybody who reads my writings or who has watched any of the three documentary films I have produced on the topic knows that these arrangements in my view are fraught with medical, ethical, and legal problems that […]

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Surrogacy as a Modern Means of Slavery?

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If anyone has any doubts that surrogacy has created a market for the buying and selling of children, a new case in Thailand should put any skepticism to rest. The Brisbane Times is reporting that the Bangkok police have raided a surrogacy business where nine, six-month-old babies born via surrogacy were found. While the story […]

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Surrogacy in China: Lessons in Candor and Cruelty

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A recent New York Times article highlights the continual rise of surrogacy—this time in China. Surrogacy is illegal in China, but that hasn’t stopped entrepreneurs like Huang Jinlai, founder of Baby Plan Medical Technology Company, from navigating his way around the law to profit from Chinese couples desperate to have children. For the past few […]

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Surrogacy: Prostitution’s Little Sister

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I just had the pleasure of Skype chatting with Kajsa Ekman, author of an important new book, Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self. Ekman is a Swedish cultural journalist and now author. I reached out to Ms. Ekman after her book came out and after reading an interview where the majority […]

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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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