By Patricia Spallone
International in scope, this ebook is a feminist reaction to the hot reproductive applied sciences and the genetic engineering getting used on women--test-tube fertilization, surrogacy, embryo flushing, intercourse preselection, and synthetic hormones. it's thinking about what those techniques suggest for girls and with the responsibility of the scientific scientists who've created the expertise. Spallone argues that the result's the subordination of ladies to the pursuits of scientific scientists, inhabitants planners, the relations, and the burgeoning biotechnology undefined. The ebook can be of compelling curiosity to we all who're looking a technological know-how and know-how that respects the respect of ladies and of all lifestyles on our planet.
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A feminist ethic IVF advocates versus the anti-technology anti-abortionists appear as the congealed 'sides' of the ethics debate, as if they were the total debate. There has been little recognition publicly of a womancentred analysis which criticises reproductive and genetic technologies. This is changing. In West Germany and Australia, a concerted feminist critical response to the NRTs has appeared in the media since the early 1980s, effecting a certain amount of recognition from politicians and governments.
Finally, there is the point of view of scientists who find ethics a bother, such as Dr Michael Birnbaum, founder of Surrogate Mothering Ltd in Philadelphia (USA). He later became director of a new IVF clinic after his surrogacy business collapsed. Birnbaum was quoted in a Philadelphia newspaper: 'The ethical questions are always there, but the minute we stop doing something because of ethics, we stop going forward and start going backward' (Mezzacappa, 1986). Such is the power of the scientific world view which sees 'progress' as a continuous motion forward.
To make a case for using genetic engineering methods in human embryo research, Weatherall argued, 'At first sight, it seems strange that a society which condones abortion for the most trivial social reasons should suddenly be so concerned about the human rights of embryos that it insists that they must be protected by law' (Weatherall, 1985, p. 190). For IVF advocate Weatherall women's reasons for seeking abortion are subsumed in the trivial. His message is that the immense benefit of genetic knowledge is most worthy.
Beyond Conception: The New Politics of Reproduction by Patricia Spallone