surrogacy

In Part True and in Part Woefully Misleading

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CBS Minnesota reports that a group of the state’s legislators has introduced a bill seeking to establish surrogacy in the laws of Minnesota. Two things particularly worth noting in this story are: The name of the bill: “Minnesota Gestational Carrier Act.” This is terribly dehumanizing of the women who act as surrogate mothers. The purpose of […]

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Women are Not for Rent, Children are Not for Sale

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On Monday I wrote about ongoing work in Minnesota to resist efforts that would enshrine surrogacy into law there, and linked to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. On Tuesday, The Star Tribune ran a piece by Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, seeking to present a fuller picture of the […]

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Leading the Opposition to Surrogacy

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Over the weekend, the Minneapolis newspaper reported on the ongoing legislative discussion of surrogacy in Minnesota. In the article they highlighted our work along side others in the state: Besides the Catholic conference, the opposition here is led by the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network based in California, which produces documentaries with titles such as […]

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Save The Date: March 14 Surrogacy: Trading on the Female Body

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The Stop Surrogacy Now Campaign is hosting an event during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW61) in New York. The event is titled “Trading on The Female Body” and will take place on March 14 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at The Benjamin Hotel. Original Signers of the Stop Surrogacy […]

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2016 Winners and Losers

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Each year at this time we look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. Winners: Stephanie Packer is more than a winner; she really is a hero. Sitting down with her while making […]

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I was a Surrogate. I Want People to Know What’s Really Going On.

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In December of 2016, I received an email through our Stop Surrogacy Now Campaign website. The plea was simple: I recently gave birth in Greece as a surrogate. I gave birth to twins a boy and a girl. My health suffered terribly as the pregnancy and the hormone medication I was taking affected my thyroid. […]

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“Gilmore Girls’” Subtle Critique of Surrogacy

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GUEST POST by Chaney Mullins Spoiler Alert: This piece reveals several details of the four new episodes of Gilmore Girls recently released on Netflix. Gilmore Girls, about single mom Lorelai and her daughter Rory, always stood out as the paramount mother-daughter show, so it always had a lot to say about motherhood. But the Netflix […]

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Watch A Public Conversation on Surrogacy

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Julie Bindel, an original signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now statement who is a journalist, author, and human rights campaigner, traveled from her home in London to California’s San Francisco Bay Area in order to work with The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC), an organizational signer of the statement. Julie joined CBC Founder & […]

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Join Us In Person OR via Facebook LIVE

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UPDATE: Video of the event is here! Facebook video: YouTube: I hope that if you are in the Bay Area you will be able to join us in person on Friday night for a conversation on surrogacy with Julie Bindel, a renowned British expert on surrogacy (full details below). (Please get your tickets via eventbrite […]

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Did you know? California is the Reproductive Tourist Capital of the World!

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Join us for a Conversation onSurrogacy with Julie Bindel Journalist, Author, Human Rights Campaigner Against the Sexual Abuse of Women Special Bay Area only Event! Friday, November 11 The HUB, 3380 Vincent Rd, Pleasant Hill, California Even if you cannot join us, please help us spread the word — let your friends in the Bay […]

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Public Policy and the Health of Young Mothers

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On September 13, CBC Founder and President Jennifer Lahl testified by phone before the Minnesota Legislative Committee on Surrogacy. The committee is holding a series of meetings on the issue this summer, and this meeting focused on the medical and psychological risks of surrogacy to women and children. CBC Executive Director Matthew Eppinette testified before the […]

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The Selling of Subordination: How the Female Body Is Reduced to Products

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We are looking forward to hosting the author of this piece, Julie Bindel, in the Bay Area in November. She is a London-based writer and activist whose work focuses on issues of violence against women. Bindel is a visiting researcher at Lincoln University and former assistant director of the Research Centre on Violence, Abuse and Gender […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Can We? Should We? Our Christopher White this week highlighted two ways in which President George W. Bush’s decision — now 15 years ago — to limit federal funding for embryo destructive stem cell research has been vindicated. First, non-embryonic (aka adult) stem cells have proven to be much more powerful and useful that […]

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Cautious Optimism Regarding Surrogacy in India

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As I mentioned in last week’s TWIB—that’s This Week in Bioethics—India has passed a new law on surrogacy. The law seeks to closely regulate the practice of surrogacy by establishing ten parameters that greatly reduce the allowable instances of the practice. Our good friend Kathy Sloan, a feminist leader, an activist, an author, and an […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Countering Physician Assisted Suicide: A How To Guide Ashton Ellis, one of our Paul Ramsey Institute Fellows, wrote a very insightful article on the ways in which proponents of physician assisted suicide have engaged in an active, and sadly very successful, campaign to spread the word that doctors in California may now legally kill […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. UNFPA Announces Opposition to Commercial Surrogacy The Phnom Penh Post reports that the United Nations Population Fund opposes the legalization of commercial surrogacy. This is an important development as Cambodia considers how surrogacy should be treated in the country in the wake of high-profile surrogacy scandals in Thailand, India, and Nepal. “Reproductive health, surrogacy, […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Maltese Political Party Rejects Euthanasia The Alternattiva Demokratika party of Malta has rejected euthanasia and assisted suicide, and instead is seeking to emphasize the importance of living wills and palliative care in public policy. We also encourage the use of living wills. Even better is a durable power of attorney for healthcare that is […]

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Shouldn’t Public Policy Protect People from Worst Case Scenarios?

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I’ve just finished testifying by phone before the Minnesota Legislative Committee on Surrogacy. The committee is holding a series of meetings on the issue this summer, and each meeting has a specific focus. Today’s meeting addressed the health and psychological risks of surrogacy to women and children, and my testimony below reflects this. Of course […]

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