Reproductive and genetic technologies are proliferating in a highly commercialized, market-driven environment. Some existing and proposed ART procedures involve health risks to women and children. Some - such as third-party egg provision and surrogacy, and high-tech sex and trait selective procedures - raise concerns both about health risks and about social justice and the prospect of a “new eugenics.”
Most participants in The Tarrytown Meetings acknowledge the need for some kind of U.S. public policy in this arena. But what exactly is the role for government? What models or provisions that have been proposed or implemented, including in other countries, are promising?
In the broader reproductive rights movement, skepticism about government regulation is widespread. Core concepts of “regulation” and “informed consent” have been distorted by highly politicized strategies to restrict abortion access. How can we work for effective and responsible public policy in assisted reproduction in a way that furthers reproductive justice values and does not impinge on abortion rights?
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