ABSTRACT

Reproductive technologies have been a matter of feminist concern for over 30 years. Feminist scholars and activists have examined and debated the implications of reproductive and genetic technologies for women’s health, lives, social status, socioeconomic situations, self-determination, and embodied subjectivity. In the early 1980s, when protagonists of new reproductive technologies still claimed these were only meant to treat infertility and had nothing to do with genetic quality control, feminists clear-sightedly pointed out that in vitro fertilization (IVF) was about to pave the way for combining reproductive and genetic technologies. The term reprogenetics was coined to capture this emergent combination of technologies.