Last weekend we held The Twelfth Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner, and it was a great success. As part of the evening, I interviewed Jessica Kern, a young woman who was born through a commercial surrogacy arrangement and who describes herself as "a product of surrogacy." It was moving and powerful to hear her story, and I am very pleased to be able to share a video of that interview with you.
It is so vitally important that we hear stories like Jessica's so that we can fully understand the ways in which surrogacy affects the children involved. Please watch the video and share it with others, especially on social media.
As I mention in the video, Jessica appears in our documentary Breeders: A Subclass of Women?. You can watch the film online, and you can purchase a DVD of the film on the film's website.
We are so thankful for those who were able to join us for this year's Ramsey Dinner. Next year's dinner will be held on April 16, 2016, in Diablo, California. I hope that you will save that date and make plans to join us!
PS: We've posted a few photos from the evening here. Enjoy!
- 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.