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Surrogacy drama is still not a case for legalisation

Last edited 19th April 2016

One of the big issues here seems to be the lack of care and support shown by the biological parents, and there is no law which can require love, support and the like. That is the problem with surrogacy. It promotes a dualistic approach to women, separating the woman’s body from her soul. Surrogacy says that you can “rent” a woman’s body without the need to pay attention to her soul. This is what Alexa articulated when she spoke about being used, and not receiving support or gratitude. In addition to the woman being treated as an object, the child has also been used in the same way. By Alexa’s admission, she sought an abortion after the relationship deteriorated, with the unborn baby set to pay the price for the dispute. The baby was also used as a bargaining tool to ensure that payment was made to her. Permitting commercial surrogacy will not make this situation better. In fact, it will make it worse. Commercial surrogacy arrangements remove the altruistic element in favour of a “transaction,” with a pregnancy being another “service” and a baby being another “good” for consumption. Commercial surrogacy will add to the dehumanisation we already see happening. The solution to surrogacy dramas is not to legalise commercial surrogacy, because the problem is not with the current arrangements relying on altruism, but with surrogacy itself.

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Organs at any Price? Gestating for Donating

Last edited 15th March 2016

Is transplantation medicine losing its way? Organ transplantation has been one of the great medical advances during the past half-century or so.

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Pro-life charity criticises decision to allow UK scientists to genetically modify human embryos

Last edited 2nd February 2016

A pro-life charity has condemned a decision by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to allow British scientists to genetically modify human embryos. The decision means that the Francis Crick Institute in London could begin experiments next month, only the second time that such a procedure has been undertaken.

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Judge Rules in Favor of Catholic Hospital that Refuses to Sterilize Women

Last edited 19th January 2016

A California judge recently ruled in favor of a Catholic hospital that refused to sterilize a woman.

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A Tragic Case of Modern Bioethics - Chris Dunn

Last edited 14th January 2016

Under Texas law (the Texas Advance Directives Act of 1999), a hospital medical ethics committee can override a patient's or a family’s wish for continued life-sustaining care. Note the term “life-sustaining.” The Chris Dunn case was not about unusually aggressive treatment done in a futile effort to achieve a cure. This was about providing the care necessary to sustain the life of this terminally ill patient until he inevitably died. In this instance, the essential elements of that care were a feeding tube and a ventilator (i.e., breathing apparatus).

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More than Two Million Embryos Destroyed in the UK since 1990

Last edited 27th July 2015

More than two million embryos have been destroyed in the United Kingdom in the past 25 years, according to the latest Government statistics.

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How Surrogacy Preys on Poor Women

Last edited 26th July 2015

Women from a poor demographic have become an increasing interest in the multi-billion dollar surrogate industry, with most mothers being forced or coerced into volunteering as a surrogate.

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Sue's story - Tangled Webs UK

Last edited 2nd July 2015

Tangled webs is a group challenging donor-conception practices in the UK and internationally.

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The Anonymous Us Project

Last edited 2nd July 2015

The Anonymous Us Project is a safety zone for real and honest insights regarding third party reproduction (sperm & egg donation, and surrogacy). We aim to share the experiences of voluntary and involuntary participants in these new reproductive technologies, while preserving the dignity and privacy for story-tellers and their loved ones. All stories are contributed anonymously because “anonymity in reproduction hides the truth, but anonymity in story-telling helps reveal the truth.

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International Campaign Hopes to Stop Surrogacy Now

Last edited 3rd June 2015

Wombs for rent... Babies for sale if the price is right. It's a trend that's becoming more popular. Usually the customer is wealthy and the woman bearing the newborn is not. Jennifer Lahl is the President of The Center for Bioethics & Culture. She's also part of the Stop Surrogacy Now Campaign. She has produced three documentaries on surrogacy and its long term effects. At its very core, she says, it's an industry that exploits women and puts their health at risk. Watch this video for more.

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