Susan Caldwell: I have children thanks to IVF, but here’s why I would never, ever recommend it.

You may have heard the recent news about IVF experts speaking out against the common practice of transferring multiple embryos to the uterus, published in the New York Times. The multiple-birth method has been normalized by clinics—hoping to enhance pregnancy rates to attract patients—but now experts are voicing concerns about a link between this practice and high health risks to the mother and child, often not … Continue reading Susan Caldwell: I have children thanks to IVF, but here’s why I would never, ever recommend it.

White Girl, Korean Mom: Surrogacy Tales

Jessica Kern was sixteen the day she found the missing puzzle piece that finally made her life make sense. Growing up, Kern, now 30, had always suspected something wasn’t right about her household.  It was more than just the emotional and physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her parents. It was a deep and unsettling feeling that somehow, she didn’t really belong. Kern … Continue reading White Girl, Korean Mom: Surrogacy Tales

Motherhood Is Now On Trial

A leading constitutional lawyer, and one of the leading attorneys (if not the leading one) involved in high profile surrogate parenting cases in the US, made that claim, and not lightly nor without deep knowledge of the issues involved. Harold Cassidy was chief counsel in the first contested surrogacy case in the United States that struck down surrogate mother contracts as unenforceable, the ‘Baby M’ case. Decades later, … Continue reading Motherhood Is Now On Trial

Three Parent Children, Germ Line Manipulation, and Designer Humans

Today’s vote in Parliament in favour of allowing three parent children makes the UK the first country to cross internationally respected bioethical red lines. It does so first by allowing the creation of human beings using DNA from three human beings and secondly, by opening the door to germ-line gene modification. By altering the very make-up of the human species, the technique provokes a global … Continue reading Three Parent Children, Germ Line Manipulation, and Designer Humans

Will Egg Freezing Liberate Women?

No. No it won’t. We’re freezing our children, risking their lives, and planning to live out our youth in our old age. The logic escapes me. There really is nothing that will anesthetize our guilt for pursing our own selfish ends. No price will cover it. A great article on truth about egg freezing exploitation. NBC News announced that the tech companies, Apple and Facebook, are … Continue reading Will Egg Freezing Liberate Women?

A War on Young Women and Children

By Jennifer Lahl I remember years ago being on The Montel Williams Show when the topic was “extreme baby-making.” I was pitted against women who had gone through many forms of assisted reproductive technologies in order to conceive. And, of course, there was the reproductive endocrinologist who offered her expert voice in favor of “advances in science and medicine.” I had the daunting task of being the lone voice … Continue reading A War on Young Women and Children

This Fertility Clinic Biologist May Be the Father to 600 Children!

You know the saying, truth is stranger than fiction. Meet Bertold Wiesner. He was a British biologist who ran a fertility clinic from the 1940s to 1960s with the help of his wife, Mary Barton. He claimed to have helped infertile, British women conceive 1,500 children through artificial insemination. That is, by directly injecting sperm into the uterus, by artificial means. His big drawing card … Continue reading This Fertility Clinic Biologist May Be the Father to 600 Children!

Whose Baby Is It?

Most of the major newspapers have highlighted the news from Italy of an impending court battle between two different sets of ‘parents’, fighting over soon-to-be-born twins. An Italian woman is shortly to give birth to twins from embryos that were implanted at a fertility clinic during IVF treatment, but, as a result of a mistake, she was implanted with another couple’s embryos. The pregnant woman has – not … Continue reading Whose Baby Is It?

Baby Gammy case reveals murky side of commercial surrogacy

 The story of baby Gammy and his “surrogate” mother has captured the world’s attention, highlighting just how complex and fraught commercial surrogacy arrangements can be. It also shows Australia is right to prohibit commercial surrogacy – and why other countries should do the same. Gammy was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart condition. He is a twin, conceived as a result of a commercial surrogacy arrangement between an unidentified Australian … Continue reading Baby Gammy case reveals murky side of commercial surrogacy