Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction / Edition 1

Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction / Edition 1

by Susan Markens
ISBN-10:
0520252047
ISBN-13:
9780520252042
Pub. Date:
09/04/2007
Publisher:
University of California Press
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Overview

Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction / Edition 1


Susan Markens takes on one of the hottest issues on the fertility front—surrogate motherhood—in a book that illuminates the culture wars that have erupted over new reproductive technologies in the United States. In an innovative analysis of legislative responses to surrogacy in the bellwether states of New York and California, Markens explores how discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at this issue. She examines the views of key players, including legislators, women's organizations, religious groups, the media, and others. In a study that finds surprising ideological agreement among those with opposing views of surrogate motherhood, Markens challenges common assumptions about our responses to reproductive technologies and at the same time offers a fascinating picture of how reproductive politics shape social policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520252042
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 277
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Unfamiliar Families?     1
The New Problem of Surrogate Motherhood: Legislative Responses     20
"Choice" and the "Best Interests of Children": Claiming the Problem of Surrogate Motherhood     50
"Moral Conundrums and Menacing Ambiguities": Framing the Problem of Surrogate Motherhood     77
Competing Frames of Surrogacy: Comparing Newspapers' Coverage of "Horror Stories"     102
Unity, Divisions, and Strange Bedfellows: Divergent Legislative Responses to Surrogate Motherhood     139
A Brave New World? Reproductive Politics from the Past to the Present     171
A Note on Methods and Data     185
A Multistate Comparison of the Impact of Sponsor's Gender and Abortion Position on the Success of Surrogacy Bills     188
Notes     193
Bibliography     241
Index     257

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