Archive for the ‘Artificial Reproductive Technology’ Category

Greater mental health risks for IVF babies

August 4th, 2014 Comments off


The News Story – IVF babies face greater risk of mental illness

While IVF has helped more than 5,000,000 babies to be born, it is not without risks and complications for both the baby and mother. A recent study has shown that babies born from IVF have an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia, both in childhood and adulthood. Read more…

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A sticky situation

August 1st, 2014 Comments off

Here’s an article that raises questions about invitro fertilization that I had not even (forgive me) conceived of! The crazy possibilities of what people can do to get what they want regardless of the feelings of the children being created are seemingly endless.

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IVF. Do you think it should be used for anything other than infertility? To fall pregnant after a husband’s death, for example, using his frozen sperm? Read more…

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Gay Parenting: A whole new batch of Victims of the Sexual Revolution

June 27th, 2014 Comments off

Every stage of the Sexual Revolution has produced victims. No-fault divorce produced children scarred in ways no one predicted in 1968.  “Kids are resilient: they will be fine as long as their parents are happy.”  No-fault divorce also produced The Reluctantly Divorced: those millions of unseen and unacknowledged souls who wanted to stay married, but their spouses wanted divorce.  The government takes sides with the partner who wants the marriage the least.

Going from house to house every week, the kids aren't fine.

Going from house to house every week, the kids aren’t fine.

It may not sound plausible, at least not at first. But genderless marriage, that newest edge in the cutting edge of social change, will also produce another whole new batch of victims.  These victims will not be entirely innocent, the way so many victims of divorce were. They are adults, taking steps of their own free will.  But they will be victims just the same: they are being lied to by the culture.

Exhibit A: Sperm Donor Diary.

This New York Times series is an exploration into the personal meaning of being a known sperm donor to a lesbian couple. David Dodge is uncertain what it means to be a bio-dad.

David writes about being on the Cutting Edge of Gay Family Law. Traditionally, (if I may be so bold as to use such a retro term) “presumption of paternity” answered the question “who’s your daddy?” by saying “the mother’s husband.”  The Read more…

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A Right to a Father: In honor of Father’s Day.

June 15th, 2014 Comments off

It is Father’s Day. For me, this is a day to be grateful for my father, for all he did for me, my mother and my brothers and sisters.  I am grateful for how he went to work every day, came home every night, and stayed married to my mother for a lifetime.

Most of all, I am grateful to him for my faith. It was his simple yet profound faith that gave me a Catholic girlhood, which is the foundation of

I'm the bundle in my daddy's arms, next to my mom. Those are my two big brothers, Joey and Jerry, an d my godparents and their daughter.

I’m the bundle in my daddy’s arms, next to my mom. Those are my two big brothers, Joey and Jerry, and my godparents and their daughter.

who I am today.  I cannot hear the hymn “Faith of Our Fathers,” (often played at our parish on Father’s Day) without tearing up.

At the same time, I think of my young friends who have no relationships with their fathers, such as my young friend Alana.  She is the Foundress of the Anonymous Us Project. Alana was donor conceived. She never knew Read more…

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A Letter in Support of Governor Jindal’s Veto of H.B. 187

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President

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 the formation of families. Read more…

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Egg Freezing: Beating Biology and Buying Time, But at What Cost?

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President
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Egg freezing does not really beat biology. It buys a small chance at giving birth, but at a very high price indeed. Read more…

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An Exclusive Interview with a Surrogate Mother

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President

The following is an interview I did with a surrogate after she saw our film Breeders: A Subclass of Women?

LAHL: You were a surrogate for your sister and you’ve written a book, Silently I Cried, about your experience (which didn’t go well at all). You’ve watched my new film Breeders. Which surrogate did you resonate with the most and why? Read more…

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Surrogacy’s Strange Bedfellows

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

Parenthood At Any Price
by Christopher White

What kind of culture war issue could ally Catholics and feminists against Evangelicals and gay rights advocates? Meet the “gestational carrier” for hire.

As states continue to pass legislation allowing for same-sex marriage, an increasing number of gay rights groups have begun to expand the scope of their efforts to include greater access to children for same-sex couples—and changing the legal definition of parenthood to accommodate third-party reproduction. Read more…

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Jennifer Lahl Interviewed by Human Life Review

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture

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 led you to make the film Breeders? Read more…

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Motherhood at 40: how women came to believe a modern myth

June 5th, 2014 Comments off

It’s time the media and sex education told the truth about women’s fertility.

by Miriam Zoll

In a recent PBS “To the Contrary” show about the infertility industry, host Bonnie Erbe` asked: Why did Miriam Zoll wait until age 40 to try to become a mother? Here is my response. Read more…

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