Assisted Reproduction, Reprogenetics and Womens Health

Assisted Reproduction, Reprogenetics and Women's Health

TOPICS

  • Sex and trait selection
  • Reproductive tourism and commercial surrogacy
  • Women’s eggs for fertility and research
  • Third-party gametes: anonymity and other concerns of "donor offspring"

This track focused on assisted reproduction practices that threaten the health or well-being of women and children, introduce new forms of exploitation, and otherwise undermine reproductive justice.

 

WHAT WE DID AT PREVIOUS TARRYTOWN MEETINGS

ART-related discussions at Tarrytown Meetings in 2010 and 2011 addressed technologies, practices and policies (new technical developments and fertility industry practices, ART policies in various countries and jurisdictions). They also focused on challenges to and opportunities for addressing our concerns (reports on ongoing efforts, discussion of differing approaches to concerns about ARTs among reproductive rights and justice advocates).

 

WHAT WE DID AT TARRYTOWN 2012

The objectives of this cluster of sessions were

  • To more deeply understand divergent perspectives among participants, all of whom share concerns about a number of assisted reproductive technologies and practices
  • To work toward bridging these differences in a way that allows movement toward addressing our shared concerns
  • To inform work that will be undertaken and that is already underway about the range of views
  • To identify and explore strategies and approaches that can be adopted by scholars and/or advocates, especially those participating in these conversations
  • To make concrete plans for continued discussion and planning, and to set up processes or structures for collaborative efforts identified in the course of the conversations 

 

WORKING SESSION 1: Grappling Head-On with Commercialization of ARTs - Monday afternoon

This session was the first of three to address issues related to ARTs and domestic and global markets. Participants engaged in a focused discussion of the overarching and cross-cutting themes that have contributed to the growth of these markets. The discussion provided the opportunity to clarify areas of agreement among progressive advocates and bridge differences that impede our working together, and layed the foundation for developing concrete strategies to address the social justice concerns raised by the growing ART market.

WORKING SESSION 2: Un-Marketing ARTs: Strategizing Our Way Forward - Tuesday afternoon

Building on the work in Session 1, participants self-selected one of three working groups:

  • Buying and Selling Gametes: Eggs, Sperm and Donor Offspring
  • Surrogacy and Reproductive Tourism
  • Selection Technologies

Each group identified one or two specific areas within the broader topic which were amenable to strategies (e.g., scholarship, policy advocacy, communications) to move forward a larger social justice agenda on ARTs. By the end of the session, each group was prepared to report back to the larger group in Session 3.

WORKING SESSION 3: Bringing It Home: Pathways for Progressive Scholarship and Advocacy - Wednesday morning

In this final session, participants reconvened to identify potential areas for action within the 3 topic areas: Buying and Selling Gametes, Surrogacy and Reproductive Tourism, and Selection Technologies. The larger group discussed and vetted proposed strategies, identified challenges and opportunities for moving these forward, and established next steps for interested participants to reconvene post-Tarrytown.

 

The objectives of this cluster of sessions were

  • To more deeply understand divergent perspectives among participants, all of whom share concerns about a number of assisted reproductive technologies and practices
  • To work toward bridging these differences in a way that allows movement toward addressing our shared concerns
  • To inform work that will be undertaken and that is already underway about the range of views
  • To identify and explore strategies and approaches that can be adopted by scholars and/or advocates, especially those participating in these conversations
  • To make concrete plans for continued discussion and planning, and to set up processes or structures for collaborative efforts identified in the course of the conversations

The ART track was planned by Rajani Bhatia, Francine Coeytaux, Marcy Darnovsky, Susan Fogel, Emily Galpern, Vaishali Sinha and Regina Tames, in consultation with other Tarrytown Meeting participants.