Reproduction opportunists in the new global sex trade: PGD and non-medical sex selection

Whittaker, Andrea M. (2011) Reproduction opportunists in the new global sex trade: PGD and non-medical sex selection. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 23 5: 609-617. doi:10.1016/j.rbmo.2011.06.017

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Author Whittaker, Andrea M.
Title Reproduction opportunists in the new global sex trade: PGD and non-medical sex selection
Journal name Reproductive BioMedicine Online   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-6483
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rbmo.2011.06.017
Volume 23
Issue 5
Start page 609
End page 617
Total pages 9
Editor Zeynep B. Gürtin
Marcia C. Inhorn
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Regulatory differences between countries are an important driver of the cross-border trade in assisted reproduction as people move to seek services unavailable in their home countries. The development of a lucrative global trade in non-medical sex selection needs to be considered in ethical debates over its availability. I suggest that depictions of non-medical sex selection as a means of 'family balancing' or supportive of reproductive autonomy serve to distance the technologies rhetorically from the gender stereotyping inherent in their use and the commodification upon which they depend. They construct new social categories such as the 'unbalanced' family, the pathologization of 'gender disappointment' and a limited and highly individualized definition of reproductive freedom that permits medical interventions on healthy bodies. Orientalism pervades ethical debate depicting non-medical sex selection in the West as more acceptable to practices in 'Asia'. A case study of the interconnections between Australia and Thailand highlights the global economy sustaining the practice.
Keyword Australia
Cross-border reproductive care
Non-medical sex selection
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Reproductive BioMedicine Online – Special Issue - Symposium: "Cross-Border Reproductive Care – Ethical, Legal, and Socio-Cultural Perspectives"

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