What Is Natural?

For several weeks now I have been trying to write about the Nuffield Bioethics Report called (un)Natural. The Nuffield Bioethics Council is a non-partisan bioethics think tank that analyzes particular issues of importance in science, medicine, and technology. They are based in the UK and have some influence over policy issues because of their presence in the mainstream media.

Their report with the longer title of “Ideas about naturalness in public and political debates about science, technology, and medicine,” analyzes the various ways that the terms “natural,” “unnatural,” and “nature” are used in the media, in journal articles, and in other venues. They are particularly concerned with how those terms shape people’s perceptions of new technologies. They solicited the help from experts in language and had poetry readings.

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Eggsploitation: The Movie

Eggsploitation-poster-01-med The infertility industry has grown into a multi-billion dollar business in the United States. Its primary commodity is human eggs.
Young women are solicited by ads on college
campus bulletin boards, social media, and online classifieds which offer them up
to $100,000 for their “donated” eggs. They will “help make someone’s dream come
true” they're told.

But what about the target of the solicitation, the potential egg donor? Is she treated justly? What are the
short- and long-term risks to her health? Are these issues even discussed?

They should be. Here's a good place to start. Eggsploitation, produced by the Center for Bioethics and Culture, examines this booming business through the tragic and revealing stories of real women who became
involved in it and whose lives were permanently altered because of it. 

National Director Jennifer Lahl will be offering the first preview screening of Eggsploitation this Thursday, July 8th, at 7:00pm at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 W Dickens Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. Screening is free. College students are especially invited.