Reproductive Justice, Health & Rights

Advocates for reproductive health, rights, and justice are increasingly aware of the safety and social risks, as well as the benefits, of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) and other human biotechnologies. For instance, ARTs have helped large numbers of people create families and become parents of biologically related children. Yet long-term risks of some assisted reproductive practices are under-studied, and in the U.S. in particular, the ART field has developed almost entirely in the commercial sector and is notoriously under-regulated. Other social, ethical, and practical concerns include payments that encourage economically vulnerable women to provide eggs or to become surrogates, social sex selection, and inappropriate forms of prenatal and embryo screening. Additionally, in the debate now underway on human gene editing for reproduction, the language of “choice” is sometimes misused to claim that creating a child with specified traits is the same as the right to decide whether to continue or terminate a pregnancy. Advocates focused on reproductive justice, health and rights have a major stake in human biotechnology issues because ARTs redefine longstanding norms of human reproduction and pregnancy, both in positive and adverse ways, and impact women’s bodies, health, and well-being.

Biopolitical Times

At a time when civil rights, health services, and climate justice are under attack nationally, California is leading the way toward a more humane future.  Local governments’ commitment to sanctuary cities, passage of laws to safeguard reproductive health services, and concrete steps to address climate change put California’s city, county and state governments at the forefront of a progressive agenda that stands up to irrational national policies.

And now California has the opportunity to be a leader in yet another...

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On July 25, 2018, Louise Brown, the world’s first baby born via in-vitro fertilization (IVF), will be celebrating her 40th birthday.

For those fortunate to have birthed healthy babies using IVF, this anniversary will be celebratory. But for many millions more who attempted IVF and failed, and for women’s and infant health specialists still trying to assess and reduce medical risks, the 40th anniversary of IVF represents a different opportunity. It offers a chance to come forward with...

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Today in America, if you are poor, you are also more likely to suffer from poor health. Low socioeconomic status—and...

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Coerced sterilizations are a shade away from eugenics.

Last Thursday, Tennessee judge Sam Benningfield was suddenly inundated with accusations of...

Microscopic photo of intracytoplasmic sperm injection.


Landscape photo of the US Supreme Court building. with the sun and blue sky above.

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