Monthly Archives: February 2009

Babies as Commodities: Will the Suleman Octuplets Be the Next Dionnes?

In a dark chapter of Canadian history, the Dionne quintuplets were a more popular tourist attraction than Niagara Falls.  Back in 1934, the first known surviving quintuplets involved no reproductive technology – ethical or unethical.  The Dionne girls were the product of one egg, fertilized during sexual intercourse, splitting into five embryos.  What happened after they were born was a different matter ...

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Divorcing Gay Couples in California

I am not a huge fan of marriage.  Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I am not romantic about it.  It could be my family history – a long line of divorces stretching back to my great-grandparents.  It could be my understanding as a lawyer and an educated feminist that the legal history of marriage has ...

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Salma Hayek Puts Another Woman’s Hungry Baby to Breast

I have been seeing offensive headlines about Salma Hayek for a few days. “Salma Hayek Feeds the World!”  It seems every time a celebrity makes a comment about breastfeeding – usually about losing weight – it generates more press than an embassy bombing.  When I realized that this story was about Hayek putting a starving African baby to her breast, ...

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