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By Patricia Spallone

International in scope, this publication is a feminist reaction to the recent reproductive applied sciences and the genetic engineering getting used on women--test-tube fertilization, surrogacy, embryo flushing, intercourse preselection, and synthetic hormones. it's fascinated about what those strategies suggest for ladies and with the responsibility of the clinical scientists who've created the know-how. Spallone argues that the result's the subordination of girls to the pursuits of scientific scientists, inhabitants planners, the family members, and the burgeoning biotechnology undefined. The booklet can be of compelling curiosity to we all who're looking a technology and know-how that respects the respect of ladies and of all existence on our planet.

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Still, the decision was a de facto fetal neglect ruling. ) In the USA, there is official legal recognition of fetal rights. In 1987, The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a national survey investigating court-ordered obstetrical interventions on pregnant women who had refused to undergo a procedure ordered by the doctor. ' The results are so obviously telling that I quote extensively from the abstract: Court orders have been obtained for Caesarean sections in 11 states, for hospital detentions in 2 states, and for intrauterine transfusions in 1 state.

This may happen because modern scientific knowledge of reproduction is centred on the fetus, without consideration of women's experience of pregnancy and birth. Similarly, the anti-abortionists' world view does not consider women's subjectivity as whole human beings, but rather considers embryos' subjectivity as apart from women. Both anti-abortionist and IVF advocates arguing their opposing cases are preoccupied with an imaginary isolated cell-egg-embryo-fetus-newborn-Man, disconnected from a woman.

The results are so obviously telling that I quote extensively from the abstract: Court orders have been obtained for Caesarean sections in 11 states, for hospital detentions in 2 states, and for intrauterine transfusions in 1 state. Among 21 cases in which court orders were sought, the orders were obtained in 86 per cent; in 88 per cent of those cases, the orders were received within six hours. Eighty-one 44 Beyond Conception percent of the woman involved were black, Asian, or Hispanic, 44 per cent were unmarried, and 24 per cent did not speak English as their primary language.

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