Babies of Technology


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Assisted Reproduction and the Rights of the Child

Mary Ann Mason and Tom Ekman

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Millions of children have been born in the United States with the help of cutting-edge reproductive technologies, much to the delight of their parents. But alarmingly, scarce attention has been paid to the lax regulations that have made the U.S. a major fertility tourism destination. And without clear protections, the unique rights and needs of the children of assisted reproduction are often ignored.
This book is the first to consider the voice of the child in discussions about regulating the fertility industry. The controversies are many. Donor anonymity is preventing millions of children from knowing their genetic origins. Fertility clinics are marketing genetically enhanced babies. Career women are saving their eggs for later in life. And Third World women are renting their wombs to the rich. Meanwhile, the unregulated fertility market charges forward as a multi-billion-dollar industry. This deeply-considered book offers answers to the urgent question: Who will protect our babies of technology?

Mary Ann Mason, Ph.D., J.D., is a professor in the graduate school of the University of California, Berkeley. Tom Ekman, J.D., M.Ed., is a science teacher and writer.

“Mary Ann Mason was among the first to grasp the importance of new technologies in defining parenthood. Now she and Thomas Ekman show the public what the new array of interventions means for the rights of the child and for families. It is an eye-opener.”—Paula S. Fass, author of The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child

Babies of Technology provides a careful, thoughtful, and much-needed analysis of the many ways that reproductive technology affects children. The authors go beyond critique to offer concrete solutions on how to respect children’s needs and interests as we move forward.”—Naomi Cahn, co-author of Finding Our Families and author of Test Tube Families

“Read, mark, and learn! With an array of bizarre and intriguing scenarios, the authors build an imperative case for regulation of reproductive technologies to ensure the child’s rights are set out and protected.”—Annette Lawson, author of Adultery: An Analysis of Love and Betrayal and co-editor of The Politics of Pregnancy

“With even more dramatic technologies looming, Babies of Technology is a must for educated readers and those working in the fields of reproductive medicine, bioethics, women’s studies, health, and family law.”—Ronald M. Green, Dartmouth College, author of Babies by Design

“We can now modify humans. Should we? Who gets to decide? Who decides for the baby? Mason and Ekman lay out the challenges and opportunities of our era.”—Juan Enriquez, author of Evolving Ourselves: Redesigning the Future of HumanityOne Gene at a Time

“This is a wonderful book.  It should change ethicists, lawyers, and lawmakers’ views—as Silent Spring did in alerting people to the dangers of pesticides.”—Elaine Hatfield, University of Hawaii
ISBN: 9780300215878
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
256 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/4