Over the past few weeks I came to you several times, asking you to help us start 2017 on firm financial ground.

You have done just that.

I want to offer you my sincere gratitude for your generosity. Many gave larger gifts than they ever had before, and many others gave for the very first time. Thank you, thank you.

We have big plans for this year! Next week I’m off to New Hampshire on my first speaking trip of 2017, giving the keynote address on the ethics of assisted reproduction.

The following week, on Friday, January 20, we will host our third “Public Conversation” Live Event in our offices. Dr. Aaron Kheriaty will address the complex problem of depression from multiple perspectives—biological, psychological, social, and spiritual—and suggest resources for hope and healing. Our last event has received over 3,000 views at Facebook Live and YouTube. This event will be just as impactful. If you are at all able, please join us in person on online. For more information, click here.

That same weekend, the Fellows and Scholars of our Paul Ramsey Institute will gather in San Francisco for an intense time of study and discussion of Paul Ramsey’s exemplary scholarship, and ways in which it informs both current and coming issues in the arena of bioethics.

As the month of January nears its close, I will be in Washington, DC, where I have been again invited to speak at a daylong conference.

And that’s just January!

One of the events I am most excited about in 2017 is slated for March. We will be at the United Nations in New York with a number of our friends from our Stop Surrogacy Now coalition. Together we will be presenting a full-day conference in conjunction with the 61st Annual Commission on the Status of Women. This is a tremendous opportunity for our work to have an impact on the global scale. The challenges presented by the growth of transnational surrogacy demands a global response, and we are rising to the challenge.

All that we’ve been able to accomplish is because of individuals and foundations who have given generously and given faithfully. I cannot thank you enough.


Jennifer Lahl
President and Founder
The Center for Bioethics and Culture

Image by FFCU via flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Author Profile

Jennifer Lahl, CBC Founder
Jennifer Lahl, CBC Founder
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.