Panel

Plenary #4: Screening Technologies: Sex Selection, Disability Deselection

Friday, 7 May
9:00 - 10:30

Facilitator: Julie Hyman

This plenary will focus on recent trends and developments in screening technologies associated with reproduction: the routinization of PND for an increasing number of conditions; expanded uses of PGD; sex selection techniques.

Questions to be addressed during this plenary include: How are these technologies being commercialized, consumerized, normalized? What kinds of choice do these technologies represent for women? Are there acceptable uses of the technologies, and if so, what criteria do we apply for determining their acceptability? Do these technologies take on different meanings in different cultural contexts (e.g. sex selection technologies in the U.S. v. South and East Asia)? How do we understand and navigate the tension between campaigns against sex selection and the wide acceptance of screening for disabilities?

The panel will describe the political lay of the land, focusing on debates among feminists, the professional bioethics discourse, and the positions of the biotech and ART industries.

  SPEAKERS ORGANIZATION TITLE  
 Diane Beeson Department of Sociology and Social Services, Calif State Univ, Hayward  
 Joelle Brouner Communities Against Rape and Abuse  
 Rupsa Mallik Center for Health and Gender Equity Sex Selection in India - A Complex and Conflicting Agenda  
 Tania Simoncelli American Civil Liberties Union  

DOCUMENTS FOR THIS PANEL SUBMITTED BY PANEL SPEAKERS:

* Sex Selection in India: A Complex and Conflicting Agenda, by Rupsa Mallik
A Less Valued Life - Population Policy and Sex Selection in India, by Rupsa Mallik, submitted by Rupsa Mallik
Abortion in India, by Rupsa Mallik, submitted by Rupsa Mallik
India - Recent Developments Affecting Women's Reproductive Rights, by Rupsa Mallik, submitted by Rupsa Mallik
Negative Choice, by Rupsa Mallik, submitted by Rupsa Mallik
Sex Selection - A Gender-Based Preference for a Pregnancy, by Rupsa Mallik, submitted by Rupsa Mallik
* Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Selection: From Disease Prevention to Customized Conception, by Tania Simoncelli, submitted by Tania Simoncelli

DOCUMENTS FOR THIS PANEL SUBMITTED BY OTHER CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS:

Disability Equality and Prenatal Testing: Contradictory or Compatible?, Part 1, by Adrienne Asch
Disability Equality and Prenatal Testing: Contradictory or Compatible?, Part 2, by Adrienne Asch
Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion: A Challenge to Practice and Policy, Part 1, by Adrienne Asch
Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion: A Challenge to Practice and Policy, Part 2, by Adrienne Asch
Taking a Stand Against Sex Selection, by Rajani Bhatia
Background materials on sex selection, by Bhatia, Darnovsky, Mallik, Das Dasgupta, submitted by Rajani Bhatia
Letter to American Society for Reproductive Medicine Regarding Sex Selection, by Nahar Alam et. al., submitted by Marcy Darnovsky
Sex Selection Goes Mainstream, by Marcy Darnovsky, submitted by Marcy Darnovsky
Genetics, Normalcy and Disability, by Roxanne Mykitiuk, submitted by Roxanne Mykitiuk
* A Disability Perspective, by Marsha Saxton, submitted by Marsha Saxton
Disability Rights and Selective Abortion, by Marsha Saxton, submitted by Marsha Saxton
Safeguarding autonomy - Preventing suffering? Arguments for offering and utilising prenatal diagnosis and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, by P Goldmann/ M Kurmann/ B Faber/ A Waldschmidt, submitted by Ingrid Schneider