Reproductive Technologies: Gender, Motherhood and Medicine
January 1991, Polity
'Reproductive Technologies' is a remarkable collection of original essays which attempts to place the current controversy over reproductive technologies in a political, legal and economic context. Contributors - including Lesley Doyal, Ann Oakley, Ros Petchesky, Carol Smart, Hilary Rose, and Naomi Pfeffer - examine systematically the technologies that have sparked off these debates. They explore the problem of infertility which is used to validate reproductive technologies; the way assumptions about the family and about biological parenthood continue to structure the arguments for and against; the impact of the medicalization of childbirth; the way debates are embedded in changing conceptions of paternal rights, maternal rights and embryo rights; the problems of providing adequate health care for women; and, above all, the urgency with which these issues raise problems about the accountability of science.
Thomas Coram Research Unit. 2. New Techniq ues and Old Controversies (the focus of public concern over AID and IVF): Naomi Pfeffer;
University of Essex. 3. Infertility and Health Care for Women: Lesley Doyal;
North London Polytechnic. 4. Surrogacy: Juliette Zipper;
University of Amsterdam and Selma Sevenhuijsen;
University of Amsterdam. 5. Fetal Image s: Ultrasound and Reproductive Consciousness: Rosalind Petchesky;
Bryn Mawr College. 6. Paternity a nd Maternity: Carol Smart;
University of Warwick. 7. Embryo Righ ts and Reproductive Rights: Janet Gallagher;
Hampshire College. 8. Deconstruct ion of Motherhood: Michelle Stanworth, Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. 9. Victorian V alues in the Test-Tube: Science and Women's Subordination: Hilary Rose;
University of Bradford.