NHS to fund sperm bank for lesbians: New generation of fatherless families… paid for by YOU

Editor’s Note: Beware of the side bar on this article. We knew this was coming. It’s here for Brits. Britain is to get its first NHS-funded national sperm bank to make it easier for lesbian couples and single women to have children. For as little as £300 – less than half the cost of the service at a private clinic –  they will be able … Continue reading NHS to fund sperm bank for lesbians: New generation of fatherless families… paid for by YOU

The “Who Am I?” Generation

The  ‘Who Am I?’ Generation

In the 2013 film “Delivery Man,” the lead character discovers he fathered more than 500 children through sperm donation 20 years earlier, and now more than 100 of his offspring want to find him. An MTV series in 2013, “Generation Cryo,” followed a 17-year-old as she searched for her half-siblings and their donor father. The 2010 movie “The Kids Are All Right” had a similar theme. Continue reading “The “Who Am I?” Generation”

Fertility Treatment Pioneer Calls for Caution

The renowned Lord Winston of Hammersmith is in New Zealand at the moment visiting schools to educate students about infertility and the dangers of waiting too long to have children.  It’s interesting – and a little ironic – that the fertility expert, who pioneered IVF while it was still in its trial stages, is now warning that the rapid advance in reproductive technologies is making … Continue reading Fertility Treatment Pioneer Calls for Caution

When To Bite The Bullet and Have a Baby

Statistics released this week show that women in New Zealand between the ages of 35 and 39 are having more babies than women aged 20 – 24 for the first time.  In fact, the average age of first time mothers in New Zealand is now one of the highest in the developed world.  The number of babies born in 2013 in New Zealand was also … Continue reading When To Bite The Bullet and Have a Baby

This is Huxley’s Brave New World

CBC founder and president Jennifer Lahl was interviewed in 2012 for a documentary on reproductive technologies for German TV. Jennifer’s segment, aptly titled “This is Huxley’s Brave New World,” is available online (the interview is in English with German subtitles). We’ve hope it helps get people thinking about (and communicating about) reproductive technologies. Recommended Resources Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life’s Challenges … Continue reading This is Huxley’s Brave New World

Breeders: A Subclass of Women?

Breeders: A Subclass of Women? Official Trailer from CBC Network on Vimeo. This week only! Special Pre-Order Pricing $5.99+ s&h Women renting their wombs and giving birth to children for immediate delivery to other adults—such as infertile or same sex couples or single adults—have emerged as a distinct class of commercial provider. Women working as surrogates, while frequently motivated to help others wanting a family, … Continue reading Breeders: A Subclass of Women?

Human Exceptionalism

Objectifying Birth Mothers as “Gestational Carriers” I thought that language which dehumanized women was supposed to be verboten. But in the procreation as manufacture world of IVF, surrogate mothers, who used to be known as birth mothers, are now called “gestational carriers.”  As in the recent birth of a child for Nicole Kidman and her husband by a surrogate birth mother. Read the rest here Recommended … Continue reading Human Exceptionalism