Wednesday, February 5, 2020

“Modern Handmaid’s Tale: The Ethics of Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and Beyond”

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Third-party assisted reproduction technologies—including the use of donor eggs and surrogate wombs—raise a host of medical, legal, and ethical issues. For example:

  • Are there substantial health-risks for female donors and surrogates?
  • Are they disproportionately acting out of financial need?
  • Are there good reasons for regulating these practices better than we currently do?

But with the global fertility industry poised to reach $52+ billion by 2025 (MarketWatch ), the push to legalize (or keep legal) troubling technologies is stronger than ever. Come hear a renowned bioethics speaker discuss the dangers of surrogacy and its related procedures while building a solid moral foundation for understanding the implications.

Jennifer Lahl, R.N., M.A.

President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network

Jennifer Lahl is the founder and president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl also has 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager. As a field expert, she regularly addresses university, radio, and television audiences, and is called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community. In addition to publishing in various academic and news outlets, Lahl has also produced, directed, and written numerous award-winning documentaries, including “Eggsploitation” (2013), “Breeders” (2014), and “#BigFertility” (2018).

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020


  • 7:00pm – Presentation by Jennifer Lahl
  • 8:15pm – Q&A
  • 8:45pm – Light reception

Location: University of St. Thomas (2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105) – 3M Auditorium, Owens Science Center (south side of campus) – see campus map here (#65, Owens)

Parking: Parking is available in the Anderson Parking Facility (Cretin and Grand Ave., #71 on campus map) for an hourly fee (approx. $1.50/hr). Street parking is also available, but please be aware of all signs, as many streets around or near campus require permits.

Cost: No charge, but free-will offering accepted.

Attendance: Event open to men and women.

Event Sponsors: Argument Club for Women and Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture

Media Sponsor: Thank you to our media sponsor, Relevant Radio 1330 AM!

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