Posts Tagged ‘Donor Conceived Persons’

Jennifer Roback Morse: ‘Remember the Victims of the Sexual Revolution’

February 4th, 2014 Comments off

The marriage expert is working to help individuals and families heal from the ill effects caused by today’s sexually permissive culture.


The Ruth Institute, which has focused primarily on defending marriage to college students, has changed its mission and now hopes to create a mass social movement to counteract the ill effects of the sexual revolution, such as the breakdown of family life, including cohabitation, divorce and unwed pregnancies. Read more…

Where Do (Modern) Babies Come From?

December 6th, 2013 Comments off


This article was first published at on December 3, 2013.

“Eggsploitation” reveals the predatory practices of the fertility industry, which lures young women in need of money to undergo medical procedures that carry the risk of severe long-term health problems. Read more…

What Are the Rights of Donor-Conceived People?

August 17th, 2013 Comments off


Alana is a Ruth Institute “It Takes a Family” 2013 conference alumna. She is the founder of the Anonymous Us Project. Anonymous Us: Volume 1, A story-collective on 3rd Party Reproduction will be released by University of Chicago Press later this month. Follow her work and blog at
This article was first published August 2, 2013, at

Third party reproduction corrupts the parent-child relationship and disrespects the humanity of donor-conceived people. Read more…

Mind, Body, Soul.

February 4th, 2013 Comments off


[Editor's note: Alana uses "3PR" here short for "third party reproduction," which refers to conceiving a child via sperm or egg donation or surrogacy]

Last night I went to a lecture by Robert P. George on What is Marriage?  and I wanted to share some of the thought nuggets I found helpful and pertinent. We often talk here about the culture wars going on in this country. We fight about gay marriage, abortion, euthanasia, 3PR… I go to a luncheon and hear a woman speak of her and her lesbian partner and their deep, passionate desire to get married. In defending why they should have the right to do so they first and most forcefully reveal that they have a son they’re raising, born using one woman’s eggs, the other woman’s womb, and someone else’s sperm- a man that has been excluded and banished from the family. Read more…

Freezers Are For Food

July 16th, 2012 Comments off

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President

In the world of commercialized conception, it seems we’ve decided the freezer is a great place to keep eggs, sperm, and “spare” embryos until we need them. We think they do pretty well in the freezer, but the verdict is still out on what happens over the long haul when you freeze and store human reproductive material and nascent human life. Commercial conceivers simply assume that because we can freeze and thaw our reproductive cells or progeny, it causes no harm or danger.

And not only can we do it; it has become big business. Read more…

My Three Daddies: California Eyes Multiple Parenting Law

July 5th, 2012 Comments off

More craziness from California:

California, the battleground state for the arguments for and against same-sex marriage, is now considering an unconventional law that would allow children to be legally granted more than two parents. Read more…

An Answer

April 25th, 2012 Comments off

By Jennifer Lahl and Matthew Eppinette

Recently, Dr. Summer Johnson McGee, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics, posted on the journal’s blog a very brief and highly dismissive review of / comment on our film, Anonymous Father’s Day. The substance of her criticism, entitled “Are ‘Anonymous Fathers’ Really A Problem?” is that our organization, The Center for Bioethics and Culture, is on a “crusade against artificial reproduction,” and that our film is simply another entry in our greater efforts at opposing anything and everything that involves biotechnology.

She concludes: Read more…

Knowing about your biological origins is a basic right

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

by Ian Smith

Victoria can be a world leader with information on donor conception.

CLEM Newton-Brown (The Age, March 29) has it right when he says of donor conception as practiced in the 1980s that this was an experiment that we got wrong and which we now need to correct. Read more…

“Anonymous” Sperm Donor Fathers Hundreds

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

by Wesley J. Smith

The Center for Bioethics and Culture has a good film out called Anonymous Father’s Day, which deals with the emotional impact on children of sperm donors from not knowing anything about their biological fathers.  This too is a form of reproductive commodification and the consequences in the lives of the people created are more intense than I certainly would have thought.  Of course, that isn’t the only way of being an “anonymous father,” but the film brings up issues I had not considered before seeing it.  It is well worth your while. Read more…

Reproductive Technologies and the Quest for Immortality

March 8th, 2012 Comments off

by Alana S. Newman

March 1, 2012

The fertility industry is booming because we desire genetic and memetic immortality–the preservation and reproduction of our bodies and ways of life.

Twenty-five years ago, I was born to a woman married to an infertile man. His infertility motivated their purchase of anonymous sperm. My biological father’s lifetime contribution to me and my existence arrived in a nondescript box, courtesy of our local mailman. The circumstances of my conception have inspired me to think about certain things that many people take for granted. Sex was not necessary for me to exist. I was not the natural fruit of a marriage. I was a very clear decision, an economic transaction and exchange of services rendered by buyers and sellers who did not know each other–not even as acquaintances. Read more…