Assisted Reproductive Technology Provision and the Vulnerability Thesis: From the UK to the Global Market

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Date: 05 December 2012
Venue: 1B23 - Glenside Campus
Time: 13:00 - 14:00


The Centre for Health and Clinical Research (CHCR), Health, Ethics and Society Research Group are holding a series of seminars this academic year. This is the first seminar, and will explore 'Assisted Reproductive Technology Provision and the Vulnerability Thesis' and will be presented by Dr Rachel Fenton from UWE.

Abstract

'Assisted Reproductive Technology provision and the vulnerability thesis: From the UK to the Global market.'

The aim of this paper is to explore infertility and the provision of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) through the lens of Martha Fineman's vulnerability thesis, adopting UK provision as its platform. I seek to show that whilst the UK has made some important gains in terms of formal equality and autonomy, in terms of genuine access and availability of resources, the state remains unresponsive and equality illusory. The insights gained from a vulnerability analysis have implications beyond the UK jurisdiction: those unable to get treatment at home turn to the global market which itself creates and perpetuates vulnerabilities, privilege and disadvantage.

Cost: Free - no registration required
Contact: Eleri Heathcote
Telephone: +44(0)117 32 81163
E-mail: Eleri.heathcote@uwe.ac.uk

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