Reproductive Justice, Health & Rights

Advocates for reproductive health, rights, and justice are increasingly aware of the safety and social risks of assisted reproductive technologies and other human biotechnologies, particularly for women and children.

While assisted reproduction has helped many people create families, the long-term risks of these technologies – particularly those that require egg provision – are grossly understudied. In the U.S., assisted reproduction has developed almost entirely in the commercial sector and is notoriously underregulated. 

Heritable genome editing, if allowed, would develop in this same commercial sector. Reproductive justice advocates draw attention to the risks to women and children’s health and wellbeing, the historical context of population control and reproductive oppression, and the likelihood that it would exacerbate reproductive, racial, and disability injustice.

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New materials from CGS and Black Women for Wellness put the development of germline modification within the context of historical attempts to control the reproductive lives of women, trans, and nonbinary people.
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On June 13, the Center for Genetics and Society, alongside Black Women for Wellness and In Our Own Voice National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, will be hosting the webinar, “Gene Editing and the Future of Reproductive Justice.”...

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Medical researchers would be allowed to buy women’s eggs under a bill being considered by the Legislature this week. As pro-choice, feminist scholars, we are deeply troubled by this legislation.
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Yesterday, California became the third state in the nation to...