Reproductive Autonomy and Regulation: Challenges to Feminism
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Feminist thought has long grappled with the concept of autonomy, questioning for instance, whether it exists, how far it extends, and what is the nature of its relationship with liberal notions of atomised, self-interested individuals. Likewise, in relation to fertility and its treatment or management, there are a range of feminist approaches, which Naomi Cahn sees as largely a matter of conflicts of interest between the parties concerned—women and men, the fertile and infertile, the children produced, gamete and embryo donors and health care professionals. In their own style, each of these books taps into these narratives in ways which are more or less explicit. The monograph Test Tube Families explores autonomy implicitly by examining the nature of relationships involved in the process of assisted conception using medical technology, and focusing on the regulatory environment in the USA. By contrast, Regulating Autonomy, an edited collection of 13 chapters divided into two parts,...
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