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Jennifer Lahl on ‘Breeders,’ ‘Trans Mission,’ and the ethical and human rights threats promoted in our culture

Wesley J. Smith
Jennifer Lahl
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Jennifer Lahl joins Wesley J. Smith to speak on her work with The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network and her films including “Breeders: A Subclass of Women?” and “Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?” as well as other ethical and human rights threats promoted in our culture.

In this week’s episode, Jennifer describes what she learned as a pediatric intensive care nurse that has contributed to her work defending human dignity as one of the world’s most prominent critics of radical reproductive technologies. 

She and Wesley also discuss the dangers presented to young women who donate their eggs for IVF, the eugenics implications of paying college women for their ova, and the exploitation of poor women in the surrogacy industry. They also delve into the dangers presented to children by the transgender movement. She also describes the strange political bedfellow coalition between feminists and pro-life women that has come together to protect those most at risk from Big Fertility and the transgender movement. 

Ms. Lahl 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.

She serves on the North American Editorial Board for Ethics and Medicine. In 2009, Lahl was associate producer of the documentary film Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, which was an official selection of the 2010 California Independent Film Festival. She made her writing and directing debut producing the documentary film Eggsploitation, which has been awarded Best Documentary by the California Independent Film Festival and has sold in more than 30 countries. An updated and expanded version of Eggsploitation was released in the Fall of 2013. She is also Director, Executive Producer, and Co-Writer of Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), a documentary film exploring the stories of women and men who were created by anonymous sperm donation. In 2014 she completed what is now a trilogy of films on the ethics of third-party reproduction with Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, which focuses on surrogacy. In July 2015, she released a documentary short Maggie’s Story, which follows one woman’s egg donation journey. Compassion and Choice: Denied (2016) is a short documentary on Physician Assisted Suicide. Lahl’s next feature film, #BigFertility was released in the Fall of 2018. Her most recent film, Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender? was released in June.

All of her films are available for free streaming on The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network YouTube channel.