Reproduction, ethics, and the law: feminist perspectives by Joan C. Callahan

By Joan C. Callahan

"Scholars already saturated with ethical remark on new reproductive preparations are in for a stimulating shock. For, this quantity breaks new floor, scrutinizing their impression at a extra penetrating point and difficult the phrases of the dominant debate.... it's going to set a regular for extra paintings and obtain the eye of mainstream thinkers and coverage makers that it so richly deserves." -- Human Studies"... a important contribution to the literature in a big and swiftly evolving zone of legislations and utilized ethics." -- Ethics"... nearly each essay is thought-provoking and well-informed, and jointly they handle simply the themes you would are looking to see lined -- in addition to a couple of you may no longer have idea of." -- clinical Humanities Review"... super attention-grabbing studying for all people who find themselves excited by, or desire to understand extra approximately, the ethical, social and coverage effects of recent reproductive technologies." -- Biosocial Science"This thought-provoking selection of essays addresses ethical and criminal questions revolving round glossy human reproduction.... a useful source for any relations legislations practitioner." -- The Women's Advocate"Editor Callahan provides a desirable examine the evidence, aspects, and felony results of contemporary expertise on reproduction.... a piece that gives perception on all concerns relating reproduction." -- Choice"[The publication] is a worthy contribution to the literature in an immense evolving zone of legislation and utilized ethics." -- Ethics"... monitors the richness of feminist scholarship. It issues the best way for a fuller appreciation of the numerous voices of feminist analyses in lots of different areas." -- magazine of health and wellbeing Politics, coverage and Law"... a complete, compelling and punctiliously researched quantity. this can be utilized feminist ethics at its very notable best." -- magazine of clinical EthicsEssays tackle ethical and felony quandaries regarding human replica, including to the feminist size of the public dialogue of those matters, together with: new complexities in birth control and abortion applied sciences; frozen embryos, unwed fathers, and the felony definition of parenthood; and using fetal tissue.

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As Nancy Holstrom has pointed out, working-class women are doubly exploitedin their wage work on the job and in the domestic sphere. And, in comparison to upper- and middle-class women, they have less access to abortion, contraception, and child care. At the same time, oppression of women does extend across economic classes, and Marxism is unable to explain this. Gail Rubin makes the point sharply No analysis of the reproduction of labor power under capitalism can explain foot-binding, chastity belts, or any of the incredible Page 9 array of Byzantine, fetishized indignities, let alone the more ordinary ones, which have been inflicted upon women in various times and places (163).

The mere granting of equal legal rights to women will not genuinely "liberate" womenwe need, according to these feminists, profound changes in society and, according to some, profound changes in our very understanding of what women are. One form of feminism that sharply differs from liberal feminism is Marxist feminism. Marxist feminists believe that the source of women's oppression lies in the classed nature of society and the introduction of private property. The argument is that inegalitarian systems of class lead to exploitation and imperialismthe domination of the have-nots by the haves, both at home (including the household) and abroad.

Stern is construed by the Court as owning the child, much as he might own a house or an automobile. ) As Sara Ann Ketchum has observed, Terms such as "surrogate mother" and "renting a womb" are distortionsthe surrogate mother is the mother, and she is giving up her child for adoption just as is the birth mother who gives up her child for adoption by an unrelated person. 9 The emphasis on genetic ties establishing parenthood has precluded legal standing even to be heard in court for persons who have been intimately involved in the raising of children.

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