Like almost all non-profit organizations, the end of the calendar year is very important for us financially. We simply could not do the work we do without your generous contributions. Please know how grateful we are for each and every gift, and even more for each and every person behind those gifts.
This has been a terrific year. Here are a just a few highlights:
- We hosted a standing room only event, “Trading on the Female Body,” in New York during one of the biggest snowstorms of the winter.
- Traveled to Spain with several of our #StopSurrogacyNow coalition partners to provide education for Spanish legislators and to call for the abolition of all forms of surrogacy.
- Published an important call for follow-up, research, and informed consent regarding egg donation in a prominent journal.
- Jennifer spoke at the United Nations calling on member nations to stop the global trade on female bodies.
- We recruited and began a two-year course of study with a new cohort of Paul Ramsey Fellows.
- Prepared and distributed an eight minute video presenting an overview of the harms of surrogacy.
- Presented the Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics to Professor David Albert Jones of The Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford, England.
- Wrote and published two new ebooks: Not Just Creating Your Own Family: An Interview with an Egg Donor Recipient Mother and I’m a Sperm Donor Father: Here’s My Story.
- Started work on a new film telling the story of Kelly Martinez, a surrogate who was lied to, lied about, almost died, and left nearly bankrupt. Kelly traveled with us to New York and Spain, and we traveled to interview her at her home in South Dakota.
- Helped surrogate mothers who came to us in the midst of crisis situations.
- Wrote and published articles that received significant attention like “Artificial Wombs: What’s Really Needed.”
- And so much more.
In 2018 our Paul Ramsey Institute Consultations will meet for in-depth discussions of carefully selected readings in January, March, and September. In conjunction with the March Consultation, we will host the Paul Ramsey Award Dinner (Saturday, March 24, 2018 — save that date!), and present the 2018 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics to Farr A. Curlin, M.D. of Duke University. We are planning to be a part of the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York. We will finish, market, and distribute our film on Kelly Martinez, and much, much more.
Let us again say thank you for your continued generous and faithful support. Please do remember us in your year-end giving. May we humbly ask that you consider doubling your end of year gift to the CBC? This will provide a solid foundation from which to work as we begin the new year.
For our shared human future,
Jennifer Lahl and Matthew Eppinette
PS: We run a lean operation here at the CBC. Your gifts will make a direct, positive impact on individuals as well as on our shared human future. Please give as generously as you are able.
You make our work possible. You keep us hopeful!
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