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Surrogate Asked to Abort and Sex Select

June 20th, 2014 Comments off

By Wesley J. Smith

I am not a fan of surrogate mothering. I am particularly opposed to commercial surrogacy, as it reduces gestation to a matter of breeding and can, in particular, lead to the profound exploitation of the surrogate mothers–known in the dehumanizing industry parlance, as ”gestational carriers.” Read more…

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Film Puts Surrogacy Under Examination As Legislation Is Debated Nationwide

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture

Producers Of Breeders: A Subclass of Women? to Hold Special
Screenings 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 special screenings of their new film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, on June 18 in New York City and June 19 in Washington, D.C. 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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Surrogate motherhood creates an ethical minefield

May 13th, 2014 Comments off

A gay couple’s government-funded IVF twins have created a storm of controversy in Canada.

by Margaret Somerville

The announcement by Quebec radio host Joel Legendre that, later this summer, he and his male partner, Junior Bombardier, would become the parents of twin baby girls has received much media attention. It’s reported that the babies were conceived using “an ovum bought from an American [gamete] bank” (if only one ovum was used, they are identical twins, if two, they are sibling twins) and are being carried by a Quebec surrogate mother, who became pregnant though in vitro fertilization (IVF) paid for by the Quebec government healthcare fund (RAMQ). What ethical issues does this scenario raise? Read more…

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News and Views on Surrogacy

April 10th, 2014 Comments off

from Jennifer Lahl, CBC Network

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 it, and we are writing and speaking on it almost every day. Our film is having a direct impact—it is being screened in community groups and on college campuses, people are buying the DVD, and others are watching online. Read more…

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The Equality Battering Ram

April 4th, 2014 Comments off

Brendan Eich has just resigned as CEO of Mozilla, maker of one of the most popular web browsers. He made a $1,000 donation to Proposition 8, back in 2008, an insubstantial sum really, to a campaign that is 6 years old. The Gay Lobby, the current shock troops of the Sexual Revolution,  demanded his resignation, or a show trial in which he repudiates his actions, or preferably, both. 

Listen to this short statement from one of the principals in the dispute, Geoffrey MacDougall, the Head of Development for Mozilla.  He pitches this as a conflict of rights, without taking sides as to which right should predominate. Read more…

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A Very Busy Season

April 3rd, 2014 Comments off

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by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President

We are in a very busy season here at the CBC. I am traveling extensively, showing Breeders and Eggsploitation, speaking on surrogacy and egg donation, attending and speaking at conferences, and meeting with allies and supporters. Below is just a sampling of the terrific content that we are regularly posting on the CBC website. We could not do this important work without your help—thank you! Be sure to visit regularly to keep up with all the latest. Read more…

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Woman Flees State to Protect Child In Her Womb

March 28th, 2014 Comments off


This sounds like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel.

A married couple wanted to have a baby but the wife could not carry a child to term.

So they recruited and hired a surrogate mother. Crystal Kelley was a single mother who had just lost her job as a maid. They offered her twenty thousand dollars to carry their embryo for nine months, deliver the baby, to hand over to them. She agreed to the deal. Kelley needed the money and she would be helping a couple have a baby of their own.

There were some morally problematic aspects to this process. They fertilized several embryos. I have no idea how many were implanted but I suspect some were thrown out. Sadly, this is done routinely.

But, in any case, doctors inserted some embryos and one implanted in Kelley’s uterus. She was pregnant and everyone was happy. The couple would call her every day to see how she was doing.

And then everything went sideways. Life News reports:


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