CGS' Gender and Justice Program has released a new document [PDF]
that provides basic background information on assisted reproductive
technologies and offers a reproductive justice perspective on them.
than three million ART babies have been born worldwide in the last 30
years, enabling infertile women and men; single women and men; and
lesbian, gay, and transgender couples to form genetically-related
families. While these new technologies have created new hopeful
possibilities, they also require that we pay attention to issues of
health, ethics, law, and policy.
concerns include: lack of access; health effects on women and children;
potential for devaluation of the lives of people with disabilities;
limitations on use by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning,
and intersex individuals and couples; dangers of selecting
characteristics of children; the commercial environment surrounding
ART; and the nature of regulation in the US and other countries.