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

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Elaine Hoffman Baruch, Amadeo F. D'Adamo, Joni Seager
Haworth Press, 1988 - Health & Fitness - 259 pages
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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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About the author (1988)

Lise Nelson is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Oregon, where she teaches courses on globalization, politics, and gender in Latin America and the United States. She is currently completing a book, "Women Defending the Plaza: Gender, Citizenship and the Politics of Place."


Joni Seager is Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. She is the co-founder of a feminist environmental NGO, the "Committee on Women, Population, and Environment." Her previous publications include "The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World" (2003) and "Putting Women in Place" (co-author, 2001).

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