Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Fertility Tourism

A recent opinion article in the Guardian discusses fertility treatments, and their "advancement" that is promising the ability to buy characteristics, ala GATTACA sci-fi narratives. Most interesting is the term "fertility tourism" which I've never heard before. The author credits "the media" for inventing the term, which is a kind of parallel to the more common phrase "designer babies." But, and perhaps more accurately, as the author suggests, "genetic imperialism" is a more needed addition to our vocabulary - as "western women turn to Spanish, Italian and Cypriot fertility clinics, the source of the donor eggs they are using is increasingly likely to be poor white Eastern Europeans."

posted by ryan griffis  # 7:35 PM

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