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Occasional posts examining the intersection between health, politics, and reproductive justice.

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Congress Wants to Give Companies the Right to Own Our Genes

June 18, 2019

Six years ago, on June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in AMP v. Myriad took a great step forward for women’s…

Putting Health First: The Global Business of International Commercial Surrogacy

December 28, 2017

OBOS has long been known for calling attention to women’s health concerns that are overlooked due to financial profit, insensitivity, or simple…

Bollywood Birds and Bees

October 10, 2017

An earlier version of this article appeared on Biopolitical Times, the blog of the Center for Genetics and Society. There are few…

Chasing Global Surrogacy

September 21, 2017

From widely accepted in vitro fertilization to recent (and more controversial) “three parent” babies, assisted reproductive technologies are rapidly evolving. Their advancement…

From In Vitro Babies to Skin Cell Maybes: The Shifting Landscape of Human Reproduction and Family Formation

August 14, 2017

Earlier this year, my OBOS colleague Sally Whelan and I were offered a seat at a fascinating table – the 2017 Baby…

The Ongoing Tale About “The Handmaid’s Tale”

May 26, 2017

With the wild popularity of the new TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” surrogacy is back in the limelight. The Hulu show, based…

Is Surrogacy Always a “Win-Win” situation?

April 10, 2017

Surrogacy is an arrangement between a gestational mother and a person or couple (the intended parents) for whom she carries and births…

We Launched a New Website! Surrogacy360

December 14, 2016

As the journey to create a family takes more individuals and couples outside their own country in search of less-expensive surrogacy arrangements…

A Call for Protecting the Health of Women Who Donate Their Eggs

March 29, 2016

By Judy Norsigian and Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson The egg market is growing. As couples and individuals continue to rely on assisted…

Informed Consent for Egg Donors Won’t Exist Unless We Track Donors’ Health

October 1, 2015

Both a recent article in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics and a related Ob.Gyn. News story have raised concerns about the…

Why Corporate Promotion of Egg Freezing isn’t a “Benefit” to All Women

October 28, 2014

Apple recently announced it was joining Facebook in covering costs for female employees who opt to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons. Both companies are…

Forum on Cross-Border Surrogacy, Adoption Attracts Scholars, Human Rights Activists and Policymakers

September 18, 2014

Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society and OBOS’s Sally Whelan recently attended a conference on international adoption and surrogacy…

Bringing Transparency to Cross-Border Surrogacy

August 5, 2014

Following multiple miscarriages, a U.S. couple considers in vitro fertilization (IVF), adoption and surrogacy options. They finally decide to employ a surrogate…

Center for Genetics and Society and Our Bodies Ourselves Receive MacArthur Foundation Award

June 11, 2014

by Judy Norsigian & Marcy Darnovsky We are delighted to announce that the Center for Genetics and Society and Our Bodies Ourselves…

Stillbirths and Infant Health Risks Higher in California’s Artificially Conceived Infants

February 28, 2014

A new study published in the Journal of Perinatology online has found that in California from 2009-2011 there was a 24- to 27-fold…

New Data Shows IVF Use Has Steadily Grown

February 20, 2014

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology has released new data on in vitro fertilization (IVF) use in the United States during 2012, and…

Cross-Border Surrogacy: How OBOS is Advancing Public Discourse and Action

December 19, 2013

by Ayesha Chatterjee & Sally Whelan In an episode that aired on primetime television in 2007, America’s favorite talk show host portrayed…

Here’s What ABC World News Did, and Did Not, Get Right in Report on Egg Donors

November 8, 2013

ABC World News joined other media this week in addressing the astonishing 74 percent rise over the past 10 years in young…

California Governor Was Right to Veto Bill Allowing Researchers to Pay Women for Their Eggs

September 5, 2013

  OBOS is publishing a series of posts on egg donors and the ethical, legal, and health aspects of egg donation. Also read…

Racism, Mistrust in Medical System May Affect Black Women’s Use of Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancers

August 2, 2013

Black women in the United States face many health disparities. The CDC recently provided data showing the average life expectancy for black…

Egg Donors Create Support Group for Women and Push for More Safety Data

July 30, 2013

I recently decided to retire as an egg donor. This choice is clearly right for me, and although I speak for myself…