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Giving Tuesday

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Today is giving Tuesday, an opportunity following all the shopping of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to turn our attentions from buying to giving. As you probably know by now, we have received a generous matching gift of $100,000, which means that any gift you give now will be doubled. To date we’ve raise $24,850 toward […]

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Surrogacy: Mix-Ups and Messes

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A New Zealand couple is now speaking out and telling the world their story that the child they brought home from Thailand following a surrogate pregnancy arrangement four years ago was not in fact their own. According to reports, their embryos were mixed-up at the hospital and, to date, they still don’t know what happened […]

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Why We’re Thankful

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If you follow our work closely, you might be tempted to think that those of us who work for the CBCN are merely messengers of doom and gloom. Since our work deals with ethics at the edges of life—particularly birth and dying—we’re often sounding the alarm on urgent issues in hopes that the world will […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Couples Pursuing Surrogacy in India Now in Limbo Due to India’s recent ban on international commercial surrogacy, a number of foreign couples in process of utilizing an Indian surrogate are scrambling. Some have frozen embryos they are trying to have shipped to their respective countries, while others have surrogates that are already in the […]

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Urgent Alert

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Dear Friend, The future is on the line. And we need your immediate help to make sure it turns out right. That’s not hyperbole. It’s a fact. I’m just back from New York, where I learned that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is about to legalize commercial surrogacy in New York State, and we are […]

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Cultural Imperialism and the Indian Surrogacy Ban

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I can’t help but read many of the articles related to the Indian government’s recent ban on commercial international surrogacy with a certain amount of irony. “The move has dismayed childless couples worldwide,” noted one article in The Telegraph. Others referred to “the panic” caused by the decision. Another noted that this ban would lead […]

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The Big Business of Mexican Surrogacy

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In recent months, we’ve seen a crackdown on the surrogacy enterprise in Thailand, Cambodia, and India—all known as hotspots for those from the developed world relying on the developing world to bear their children. Now, Mexico is under scrutiny for its surrogacy practice and all of the many ways it harms everyone involved. A new […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Germany Approves Physician Assisted Suicide Last Friday the government of Germany passed legislation that would regulate assisted suicide in the country. The new law will prevent the commercialization of the practice, but it will allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with the aid of a doctor. For a country whose recent history […]

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Open Letter to Governor Cuomo

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Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, The State of New York State Capital Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo: Please tell us it’s not true. Please tell us you’re not planning to overturn your father’s ban on the manufacturing and sale of children in New York. Your father’s Task Force on Life and the Law ruled […]

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Open Letter to Idaho Attorney General

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The Hon. Lawrence G. Wasden State of Idaho, Office of the Attorney General 700 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 210 P.O. Box 83720 Boise, Idaho 83720-0010 Dear Attorney General Wasden: I am writing to you following the tragic deaths of three Idaho residents who died on October 8, 2015 at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in […]

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Surrogacy is Exploitative, Regardless of Location

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A new article from the Pew Charitable Trusts charts the patchwork of surrogacy legislation in the United States and abroad and considers how the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage has increased pressure for more states to legalize the practice. One Swedish couple interviewed for the piece, whose daughter was born via surrogacy in […]

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Center for Bioethics and Culture Network Calls on Idaho Attorney General to Investigate Surrogacy Deaths

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Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117 Bill@NovemberTeam.com For Immediate Release “Multi-billion dollar commercial baby industry needs to answer questions” San Francisco–Nov. 6…The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBCN) today called upon Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to look into the death of a paid Idaho surrogate mother who died in October, along with twins, just days […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. New Medicare Rule Authorizes End of Life Consultations Last Friday the Obama administration issued a final rule that requires Medicare to pay physicians for end-of-life consultations. On its face, there is nothing necessarily harmful about this—and, indeed, many physicians and patients will benefit from this, as will families who will have an opportunity to […]

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Our Fall is Off and Running

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Dear Friend, Our Fall is off and running! Members of a new cohort of Paul Ramsey Fellows already met in San Francisco to begin the fourth year of our Paul Ramsey Institute. I am so pleased with this new group, which includes students from the University of Chicago, Cornell Medical School, Claremont Graduate University, and […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. India Bans Foreigners from Hiring Surrogate Mothers The Indian government delivered a huge win to women and children this week by announcing they would issue a ban on foreigners hiring Indian women as surrogate mothers. Unfortunately, the practice will still be available for Indian couples, but this move is a major step in the […]

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Let the Fear Mongering Begin

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The ink is barely dry on news that the government of India does not support commercial surrogacy, especially for foreigners coming to India to buy a baby, and the fear mongering has already begun. The Spin Doctor—who by the way is not a doctor, but a reproductive law attorney—sounds the alarm writing, “With India’s Reproductive […]

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Huge Step Forward for Exploited Women…In India. Still Open Season on Poor American Moms

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill O’Reilly 212-396-9117 Statement by Jennifer Lahl President, Center for Bioethics and Culture Network On Ban of Surrogacy Tourism in India October 29, 2015 “Who would have thought that the government of India would act before the U.S. government to protect its low income women from exploitative surrogacy tourism? But that’s […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Australian High Court Rules BRCA1 Gene Cannot Be Patented The Australian High Court has issued a final ruling that the BRCA gene cannot be patented. Mutations of the BRCA1 gene often lead to higher risks of breast cancer and other cancers. This ruling overturns two lower level court rulings but follows similar rulings in […]

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