The horror

"South California makes it easy for our business"

California Catholic Daily exclusive. Early this week (May 22) I was calling a Southern California business that recruits young women to carry fertilized eggs to birth. The woman I was calling had a name like Amber, but she spoke with a Chinese accent. She apologized for the accent. I told her not to worry about the accent, but that I, owner of a small company, could not … [Read more...]

Surrogacy bill would make a child’s biological mother obsolete

California Catholic Conference opposes AB 1386 by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) because it would revoke all connection between a surrogate and the child she bears and births:

The unification and nurturing environment of a family is something that cannot be artificially manufactured or replicated. Children are a gift from God, but what happens when the parental relationship is convoluted by multiple parental roles and contractual obligations? In the case of surrogacy, the foundation of family values are often traded out for financial transactions and … [Read more...]

Have we hit rock-bottom?

Australian company turning 'extra' embryos into keepsake jewelry

For one critic, a report that IVF-conceived embryos are being cremated and turned into jewelry for their mothers shows the basic problem with the artificial creation of human embryos. “I have no words. I have no category for who would think this would be something good to do,” said Jennifer Lahl, the founder and president of the California-based Center for Bioethics and … [Read more...]

President Bush’s stem-cell decision was the right one

Science has vindicated his decision to end the destruction of embryos

The following comes from an August 29 Crux article by Christopher White: Fifteen years ago this month, President George W. Bush announced he was issuing a moratorium on the future spending of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. He would later refer to this as one of the most consequential “Decision Points” (the title of his autobiography) of his … [Read more...]

2016: the year of the Baby Bust?

U.S. fertility rates at all-time low

The following comes from an August 9 ABC News article by Dr. Jennifer Chevinsky: Fertility rates in America — the number of babies born per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 — are at the lowest levels ever recorded, according to researchers in a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings are based on population data from the CDC that track … [Read more...]

California surrogacy cases bring new scrutiny

Two different surrogate mothers refuse to abort extra children

The following comes from a January 12 Catholic News Agency article by Kevin Jones: Surrogate pregnancy is back in the news with two high profile cases where two different surrogate mothers of triplets rejected requests to have abortions. And one organization is responding by saying the practice is so unethical it should be banned. “The problems with surrogacy aren’t … [Read more...]

Embryos are human, not property

Nonprofit law firm files amicus briefs in embryo custody cases

The following comes from a December 23 Christian Newswire press release: The Thomas More Society has requested leave to file amicus briefs in two embryo custody battles. The national public interest law firm is interceding in the Missouri Court of Appeals McQueen v. Gadberry case on behalf of Missouri Right to Life, Lawyers for Life and the American Association of Pro-Life … [Read more...]

Torrance fertility doctor implanted mother with stranger’s embryos, performed a secret abortion when he realized his mistake

The couple are now suing for malpractice, claiming he did get consent before performing abortion procedure

The following comes from a November 24 Daily Mail article by Ashley Collman: David and Melissa Pineda say they went to Torrance, California fertility doctor Dr Rifaat Salem in December 2013, after struggling to conceive a fourth child, and two months later Mrs. Pineda was implanted with a set of embryos. But just two days after the procedure, while Mrs. Pineda was on … [Read more...]

Divorce fight over frozen embryos could make new law

Lives of 5 unborn babies hang in the balance

The following comes from a July 13 LA Times article: A court battle between a divorced couple over the future of their frozen embryos began Monday with an attorney for the former husband accusing the woman of using the dispute to get money. Dr. Mimi Lee, 46, a pianist and part-time anesthesiologist, married Stephen Findley, a wealthy executive, five years ago. Shortly … [Read more...]

What to do with those leftover embryos?

The disposal ceremony is known as compassionate transfer

The following comes from a June 17 story in the New York Times. Since the first American “test tube” baby was born in 1981, in vitro fertilization, at a cost of $12,000 or more per cycle, has grown to account for more than 1.5 percent of all United States births. The embryos with the greatest chance of developing into a healthy baby are used first, and the excess are … [Read more...]