Reproduction Trends and the Emergence of Moral Panic
Social Science and Medicine. 1987; 25(6): 697-704.
Are we witnessing a moral panic or a moral evaluation in the responses to the new reproductive technologies? Locating women in reproductive technology is a particularly powerful way into a discussion of values and consequences, intended or unintended. Twelve areas are isolated for discussion beginning with issues of definition and location: What is reproductive and genetic engineering? and how does human reproduction fit into bio-technological developments generally? Next issues are raised about how the new developments are being shaped ideologically and how they are being promoted by the state. A series of legal issues affecting women, men, children, embryos and fetuses follow. The focus then shifts to the way women are ideologically constructed: Why is there an assumption that woman=mother, and mother=heterosexual married or stable cohabiting woman?--and socially controlled: Why assume technological change in human reproductive processes means....
Abortion; Artificial Insemination; Children; DNA; Discrimination; Embryo Transfer; Embryos; Engineering; Evaluation; Females; Fetuses; Genetic Engineering; Genetic Intervention; Government; Government Regulation; Homosexuals; Human Experimentation; In Vitro Fertilization; Industry; Males; Mothers; Pregnant Women; Public Policy; Recombinant DNA Research; Regulation; Reproduction; Reproductive Technologies; Research; Rights; Selection for Treatment; Self Concept; Single Persons; Social Control; Social Discrimination; Surrogate Mothers; Technology; Trends; Values; Women's Rights;
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