Panel

Plenary #3: The Geneticization and Commercialization of Women’s Health and Assisted Reproduction

Thursday, 6 May
15:30 - 17:00

Facilitator: Luz Alvarez Martinez

How are health care and reproduction becoming “geneticized” and commercialized, and what are the physical and relational risks to women and children?

Who uses / has access to ART (class, race, sexual orientation, marital status, age-related infertility, etc)?

Under the rubric “geneticization” and commercialization of health, we include the privatization of health care, conflicts of interest in biomedical research and medical practice, the substitution of technical fixes for social and environmental change (e.g., re infertility), the misallocation of research and health care resources.

Focusing on assisted reproduction, the plenary will focus on the controversial aspects of ART: inadequacy of regulation (safeguards of women’s and children’s health, followup, testing of new techniques before clinical application), conflicts of interest and problems that arise from ART as a business, commercial surrogacy and egg harvesting (for research as well as for reproduction).

  SPEAKERS ORGANIZATION TITLE  
 Shree Mulay McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women  
 Roxanne Mykitiuk Osgoode Hall Law School, York University  
 Jurema Werneck CRIOLA  

DOCUMENTS FOR THIS PANEL SUBMITTED BY PANEL SPEAKERS:

* Globalization, Biotechnology and Women’s Health, by Shree Mulay, submitted by Shree Mulay
The New Genetics in the Post-Keynesian State, by Roxanne Mykitiuk, submitted by Roxanne Mykitiuk
The Gender of Genetic Futures: The Canadian Biotechnology Strategy, Women and Health, by Proceedings of a National Strategic Workshop, submitted by Roxanne Mykitiuk

DOCUMENTS FOR THIS PANEL SUBMITTED BY OTHER CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS:

Joint statement on the report of the President's Council on Bioethics, Reproduction and Responsibility: the Regulation of New Biotechnologies, by Our Bodies Ourselves and Center for Genetics & Society, submitted by Judy Norsigian
Race and the New Reproduction, by Dorothy Roberts, submitted by Dorothy Roberts
Genetic Technology and Women, by Barbara Katz Rothman, submitted by Barbara Katz Rothman
Donors Need Defenders, by Ann Elisabeth Samson, submitted by Ann Elisabeth Samson
Stem cells and cloning: women as resources for science and industry, by Ingrid Schneider/ Claudia Schumann, submitted by Ingrid Schneider
On the way to perfected reproduction, by G Berg/ B Duden/ M Fränznick/ B Sorg, submitted by Ingrid Schneider
* Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Selection: From Disease Prevention to Customized Conception, by Tania Simoncelli, submitted by Tania Simoncelli