Embryos, Ethics, and Women's Rights: Exploring the New Reproductive Technologies

Embryos, Ethics, and Women's Rights: Exploring the New Reproductive Technologies

by Elaine Baruch, Amadeo F D'Adamo, Joni Seager
     
 

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Will procreation become just another commodity in the marketplace with “designer” sperm, ova, and embryos offered for sale? Will the attention and monies focused on the new reproductive technologies take away resources from infertility prevention, prenatal care, and adoption? If states move to regulate such practices, will this encourage widespread

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Will procreation become just another commodity in the marketplace with “designer” sperm, ova, and embryos offered for sale? Will the attention and monies focused on the new reproductive technologies take away resources from infertility prevention, prenatal care, and adoption? If states move to regulate such practices, will this encourage widespread governmental interference in reproductive choice? How will society look at the biologically unique children who are the products of genetic manipulation--and more importantly, how will these children view themselves?

This controversial book explores the answers to these questions that are frequently being asked as the battles over reproductive technologies and freedoms become more heated and touch more people’s lives. Embryos, Ethics, and Women’s Rights examines both the clinical and personal perspectives of reproductive technologies. Experts explain and debate the growing number of procreative possibilities--in vitro fertilization, genetic manipulation of embryos, embryo transfer, surrogacy, prenatal screening, and the fetus as patient. Some of the leading authorities in the field, including John Robertson, Ruth Hubbard, and Gena Corea, address the ethical, legal, religious, social, and psychological concerns that are inherent in the issues.

Essential reading for every person concerned with control over basic issues of human destiny, Embryos, Ethics, and Women’s Rights provides unique and comprehensive coverage on the subject of technologically controlled childbearing and particularly its effects on mothers and their unborn children.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This groundbreaking collection of papers delivered at two conferences of lawyers, scientists, ethicists, humanists and religious leaders at the City University of New York and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology explores technologically controlled childbearing: so-called ``surrogate motherhood,'' in vitro fertilization, fetal monitoring and genetic manipulation of embryos. The work reveals the myriad perspectives from which the new technologies can be regarded. Particularly thought-provoking are discussions that link surrogacy to economic and class issues. William Ruddick, of New York University asks, ``Why are womenespecially poor, untrained womento be denied a familiar form of labor which they may prefer to the other exploitative options they have?'' Baruch, an English professor at York College-CUNY, an editor of this volume, counters that ``surrogacy gives a man the opportunity to buy a womb of his own, without any concern for the woman to whom it is attached.'' D'Adamo is a biology professor at York College-CUNY, and Seager is coordinator of women's studies at MIT. (April)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317714255
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/23/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
278
File size:
1 MB

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