First, the all consuming efforts of getting a documentary film completed and then launched. An enormous amount of work to be sure. If you haven’t already seen this film, you really should pick up a copy of the DVD available here. We’ve done several screenings and it is getting met with quite favorable reviews. It will air Sept. 1 on over 100 cable outlets in the country.
Secondly, I am writing a book which is about 75-80% completed. The thrust of the book will be a critique of all the various reproductive technologies and of course offer my reflective comments on them as well as my recommendations moving forward. I am actively looking for an agent/publisher if anyone has any leads.
I hope to begin providing good commentary on what is happening in the U.S. and globally as it relates to bioethics. Of course, Obama has retired the Bush Council on Bioethics, has overturned the Bush policy on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, has nominated Francis Collins to head up the NIH, which will be interesting to watch how he navigates through left/right politics for the betterment of ethical scientific research.
Here’s some of what I’m reading this week:
What Kind of Bioethics Council Do We Need? by Marcy Darnovsky
Stay tuned for more on the Human Future.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.