Lahl, Jennifer
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Jennifer Lahl is the Founder and President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture and producer of the documentary films Eggsploitation, Anonymous Father's Day, andBreeders: A Subclass of Women?


Casualties of Surrogacy

We have no business building a multi-billion-dollar fertility industry at the risk of the health and well-being of women and children. A woman's body is not designed to carry another woman's baby. This essay is adapted from remarks delivered at the Heritage Foundation.

Date posted: 2019-07-09

Memo to New York State Senators: Commercial Surrogacy Undermines the Child-Parent Relationship

With a Democratic majority in both the New York Senate and Assembly, along with a Democratic Governor, victory for the surrogacy industry is within reach. A bill that would make commercial surrogacy contracts legal and enforceable in the Empire State has been slipped into the state's 2019 budget, buried deep on page 392.

Date posted: 2019-02-28

Real Grownups Know No One Has the Right to a Child

Real grownups know that no one has a right to a child, a right to another woman's body in order to have a child, or a right to risk anyone's health or life in order to have a child.

Date posted: 2018-12-26

Surrogacy: No Laughing Matter

Surrogacy is no April Fools' joke. It's no laughing matter at all. It's a big business that exploits, uses, abuses, preys on, and commodifies women. It turns children into products to be designed, selected, and purchased, while it profits handsomely. And it is willing to fight like mad to protect its moneyed interests.

Date posted: 2018-04-21

Contract Pregnancies Exposed: Surrogacy Contracts Don't Protect Surrogate Mothers and Their Children

The United States currently has a hodge-podge of state-level legislation regulating surrogacy. High-profile disputes over surrogate pregnancies demonstrate this is not a workable solution. Regulating surrogacy does not protect women and children. It only commodifies them more.

Date posted: 2017-11-07

An Absurd Fate: What Happens to Abandoned Embryos?

A recent embryo custody battle highlights the plight of the hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos in the United States today.

Date posted: 2017-10-18

Commercial Surrogacy: Stop It or Just Regulate It?

When motherhood becomes a mere avenue to a paycheck, both the woman and the child she carries are wronged. Sur

Date posted: 2015-11-05

Three-Parent Embryos: Harming Women to Save Lives

The UK has passed a bill that allows for genetic engineering of children through nuclear transfer technology and germ-line modification. Young women will be needed to supply their eggs. But egg donation - or more accurately, egg selling - is risky business.

Date posted: 2015-05-21

What We Don't Know Just Might Kill You

The fertility industry has absolutely no interest in doing the studies and the research that are needed to protect women. Those desperate to have a baby have no way to know what harms may be caused when they ask a young woman to "help" them. Women who seek out research on their own before making the decision to donate their eggs come up with nothing, so they believe it is a safe procedure. When will the necessary research be done so that we can finally know the risks of egg donation - and more importantly, so young women will know too?

Date posted: 2015-04-27

The Happy Surrogate Families

In addition to the tragic stories of surrogacy gone wrong, there are families and surrogates with "happy endings." It is important to hear these stories, too, and to respond to the arguments they make in favor of surrogacy.

Date posted: 2014-10-12

Egg Freezing: Beating Biology and Buying Time, But at What Cost?

Egg freezing does not really beat biology. It buys a small chance at giving birth, but at a very high price indeed.

Date posted: 2014-06-24

Paid for her silence: the exploitation of Kylee Gilman

No one should prey upon vulnerable women, endangering their health to harvest their eggs.

Date posted: 2014-05-25