18 episodes

We are a strong team of women working together to address bioethical issues that most profoundly affect our humanity. We exist to educate the public about these issues to protect our human future.

We will be welcoming back some of our most influential surrogates and donor conceived persons to share their first-hand experiences as not only donors but the result of someone’s choice to donate.

Our goal is as ever – to create conversation, facilitate discussion and encourage you to think beyond the masses.

Venus Rising Jennifer Lahl

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We are a strong team of women working together to address bioethical issues that most profoundly affect our humanity. We exist to educate the public about these issues to protect our human future.

We will be welcoming back some of our most influential surrogates and donor conceived persons to share their first-hand experiences as not only donors but the result of someone’s choice to donate.

Our goal is as ever – to create conversation, facilitate discussion and encourage you to think beyond the masses.

    Podcast #018: Dr. Jennifer P. Schneider

    Podcast #018: Dr. Jennifer P. Schneider

    Jennifer Schneider, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician certified in Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Pain Management. She is the author of 15 books and has published numerous articles in professional journals. Not only is Jennifer impressive academically, but she is also a loving mother. This is the intersection where the CBC and Dr. Schneider meets. Jennifer’s daughter, Jessica, is featured in our film Eggsploitation. Jessica tragically passed away just before her 32nd birthday from colon cancer. As a student at Stanford and Columbia, Jessica was persuaded to donate her eggs on three separate occasions. Now, Dr. Schneider worries about the welfare of other women who are egg donors. The fertility drugs used during Jessica’s egg donation cycles could have contributed to her cancer and early passing. Join us today as we talk with Dr. Schneider about her daughter’s legacy as well as her own work in exposing the lack of research on the long-term risks for egg donors. Like Dr. Schneider, we are concerned that there are many more women who have donated eggs and have suffered from an early cancer diagnosis.

    You can read the important publication by Dr. Schneider, Jennifer Lahl and Wendy Kramer at: https://www.rbmojournal.com/article/S1472-6483(17)30048-2/abstract

    You can find out more about Dr. Schneider at: http://www.jenniferschneider.com
    You can visit Jessica’s Memorial Website at: www.jessicawing.com
    Jessica's website, created by her, with links to some of her music: www.warmblooded.com

    You can watch our documentaries Maggie’s Story and Eggsploitation free on Amazon Prime at: https://amzn.to/2K7Svou and https://amzn.to/2Q3NelW

    • 28 min
    Podcast #017: Jennifer Lahl

    Podcast #017: Jennifer Lahl

    Today on Venus Rising we have the opportunity to shine the spotlight on our founder and president, Jennifer Lahl. A few weeks ago, the wonderful women at The Free Birth Society invited Jennifer to speak on an episode of their show, The Free Birth Podcast. Jennifer sat down with Emilee Saldaya to discuss several different topics including the launch of the CBC, the deeply concerning language in surrogacy contracts, and the challenges she has faced as she tries to protect women. Emilee faced her own criticism when she put together a three-part series on surrogacy and she opens up about that as well. We are grateful for the generosity of the Free Birth Society in allowing us to bring this episode to our listeners at Venus Rising.

    You can find The Free Birth Podcast here: https://www.freebirthsociety.com/blogs/the-free-birth-podcast

    You can find each episode of the three part surrogacy series here:
    Part 1 "To Buy a Baby, You Must First Rent a Woman": https://www.freebirthsociety.com/blogs/the-free-birth-podcast/to-buy-a-baby-you-must-first-rent-a-woman-with-marylou-singleton-surrogacy-series-part-1-of-3

    Part 2: “Pain for the Childless Mother”: https://www.freebirthsociety.com/blogs/the-free-birth-podcast/pain-for-the-childless-mother-brianas-story-of-surrogacy-part-2-of-3

    Part 3: “Consent Cannot be Purchased”: https://www.freebirthsociety.com/blogs/the-free-birth-podcast/what-makes-a-motherbaby-part-3-of-3-surrogacy-series

    Watch #BigFertility on Amazon Prime: https://amzn.to/33ytpa3

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Podcast #016: Julie Bindel

    Podcast #016: Julie Bindel

    As you shelter in place or quarantine yourself from friends and family, allow us to bring author and activist, Julie Bindel, into your living room for a powerful and inspiring discussion about her life’s work and passion.

    Since she was just 17 years old, Julie has been active in the global campaign to end violence towards women and children. She has authored over 30 book chapters and reports on a range of topics relating violence and abuse of women and girls. She writes regularly for The Guardian newspaper, the New Statesman, Truthdig, the Sunday Telegraph and Standpoint magazines, and appears frequently on the BBC and Sky News. Julie is a co-founder of Justice for Women, an organization that supports and advocates on behalf of women who have fought back against violent men. Julie is also an original signer of the international StopSurrogacyNow campaign.

    Join us today to find out what triggered Julie’s lifelong mission to end violence toward women and girls. Find out what gets her out of bed in the morning and keeps her up at night. Unite with us all as we fight to end the exploitation of women and girls.

    Join Julie and thousands around the world by signing the http://www.stopsurrogacynow.com Campaign

    Follow Julie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bindelj
    Follow David Challen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/David_Challen
    Support Justice for Women: https://www.justiceforwomen.org.uk
    Julie’s newest book is available for you on Amazon:

    • 30 min
    Podcast #015: Scott Newgent

    Podcast #015: Scott Newgent

    Our guest today on Venus Rising is Scott Newgent. At the age of 43, Scott made the decision to medically transition from female to male. In 2017 Scott underwent phalloplasty which led to a massive pulmonary embolism. Scott nearly died of an infection which lasted 17 months.

    During recovery Scott spent hours reading about transgender health, only to discover how little was known about the physical and psychological risks, as well as how woefully unregulated this area of medicine is for transgender people. Most shocking was the medical and pharmaceutical industry agenda to push children to transition.

    As a parent, Scott works tirelessly at the state legislative level assisting lawmakers to write laws that will protect children from being allowed to medically transition. Most recently, Scott was involved in helping pass legislation in the State of Idaho that will not allow transgender girls to participate in school sports designated for biological females.

    Scott says, “I can’t be called transphobic, I am transgender, but medically transitioning children is criminal. There is nothing to debate. It’s wrong on every level.”

    Follow Scott on Facebook, Twitter and on the web:

    • 43 min
    Podcast #014: Dr. Renate Klein & Dr. Susan Hawthorne

    Podcast #014: Dr. Renate Klein & Dr. Susan Hawthorne

    If you’re a book worm, an aspiring writer, a feminist, or any combination, then this two-for-one episode is for you! Today we have the privilege of speaking with two radically brilliant women in one 45-minute episode. Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein join Jennifer to talk about their journey creating and running an award-winning independent feminist press. Spinifex Press, founded in 1991, is an independent feminist book publisher, based in Australia, that publishes innovative and controversial feminist books with an optimistic edge.

    Renate Klein, Ph.D., is a biologist and social scientist and long-term women's health researcher and has written extensively on reproductive technologies and feminist theory over the last thirty years. She was Associate Professor in Women's Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne and co-founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) and an original signatory to Stop Surrogacy Now.

    Susan Hawthorne has her Ph.D., in Women’s Studies and Political Science from the University of Melbourne. Hawthorne’s award-winning writing includes poetry, fiction and non-fiction books. Her novel The Falling Woman was selected as one of The Australian’s Year’s Best Books (1992) and a Top Twenty Title in the Listener Women’s Book Festival. In 2015 she received the George Robertson Award for her services to the publishing industry.

    We really hope you enjoy this interview from Down Under!

    Link to Spinifex Press: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au

    Link to Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=131/

    Link to Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=301/

    Link to Broken Bonds: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=315/

    • 47 min
    Podcast #013 - "Lynn"

    Podcast #013 - "Lynn"

    On Venus Rising we talk a lot about surrogacy, but we haven’t brought you a real, honest interview with a woman who’s living the life of a surrogate. All of that changes today. ‘Lynn’, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, sits down with Jennifer for an authentic discussion about her ongoing experience as a commercial gestational surrogate. What started as a desire to help others has morphed into an experience that has risked her health and left her with worry.

    We share her story because we know the risks, we know the dangers, and we know that many more ‘Lynn’s’ exist. We want to give them all a voice and an opportunity to share their story.

    UPDATE: Since recording this episode, "Lynn" had an anatomy scan which showed the baby is on track at 20 weeks.When she is 35 weeks into the pregnancy she will move 5 hours away from home to deliver in a larger and better equipped hospital.

    • 21 min

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I have learned so much from key speakers ( men and women who have suffered) about the abuse and use of women’s bodies for profit. I am shocked more Americans are not aware of Big Fertility in the US and the enormous profit made from egg donation, surrogacy, etc. All are PROFIT driven!!
Thank you for this podcast and getting the WORD OUT!!!!

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