MercatorNet: From Wall Street hot shot to wife and mother

| May 20, 2016

I am proud of my life now. I retired from a paying job but I am more active than ever in engaging in real life. I know it sounds trite, but I do think I have the most important job now as a wife and a mother. And, in all fairness, I am far from […]

White Girl, Korean Mom: Surrogacy Tales

| March 28, 2015

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 […]

Motherhood Is Now On Trial

| March 28, 2015

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 […]

Three Parent Children, Germ Line Manipulation, and Designer Humans

| February 4, 2015

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 […]

Will Egg Freezing Liberate Women?

| October 18, 2014

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. […]

A War on Young Women and Children

| August 30, 2014

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.” […]

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

| August 26, 2014

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 […]

Whose Baby Is It?

| August 15, 2014

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 […]

Baby Gammy case reveals murky side of commercial surrogacy

| August 9, 2014

 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 […]

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

| August 4, 2014

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 […]

The “Who Am I?” Generation

| March 24, 2014

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 […]

Fertility Treatment Pioneer Calls for Caution

| March 13, 2014

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 […]

When To Bite The Bullet and Have a Baby

| February 23, 2014

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 […]

This is Huxley’s Brave New World

| January 18, 2014

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 […]

Breeders: A Subclass of Women?

| January 16, 2014

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 […]