Panel

Plenary #1: The Social and Political Meaning of the New Genetic and Reproductive Technologies

Thursday, 6 May
9:30 - 11:00

Facilitator: Judy Norsigian

This first plenary will provide an overview to frame the entire meeting. It will identify the threats that unfettered development of these technologies raise for feminists and social justice advocates, for women’s health and reproductive rights. It will explore how the social and political issues related to these technologies have been incompletely and dangerously framed, particularly in the U.S. It will describe the political lay of the land – especially, the polarized situation in the US due in part to abortion politics and concerns about elevating the status of human embryos.

How does the picture change when we put gender, class, race, and disability into it? How do the commercialization and privatization of biomedical research and health care affect developments in genetic and reproductive technologies? How has a narrow and individualistic conception of “choice” led some feminists to take positions on these technologies (and on related issues) that can undercut social justice? Which constituencies / organizations are taking on these issues? What are the opportunities and challenges they present?

  SPEAKERS ORGANIZATION TITLE  
 Debra Harry Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism  
 Judith Levine Author/Journalist,  
 Abby Lippman Canadian Women's Health Network  
 Marsha Saxton World Institute on Disability  

DOCUMENTS FOR THIS PANEL SUBMITTED BY PANEL SPEAKERS:

* A Feminist Vision: For Freedom and Justice, by Judith Levine, submitted by Judith Levine
What Genetic Modification Means for Women, by Judith Levine, submitted by Judith Levine
* A Disability Perspective, by Marsha Saxton, submitted by Marsha Saxton
Disability Rights and Selective Abortion, by Marsha Saxton, submitted by Marsha Saxton

DOCUMENTS FOR THIS PANEL SUBMITTED BY OTHER CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS:

Genetics and Employment: More Disability Discrimination, by Adrienne Asch
Parenthood and Embodiment: Reflections on Biology, Intentionality, and Autonomy, by Adrienne Asch
Background materials on race, gender, and justice in the gene age, by Bhatia, Brouner, Darling, Darnovsky, Norsigian, Robinson, submitted by Marcy Darnovsky
Wilderness and human genetic modification, by Alexander Gaguine, submitted by Alexander Gaguine
New Contraceptive and Genetic Reproductive Technologies: Challenges, Limits and Perspectives of Thought and Action, by Alejandra Rotania, submitted by Rosario Isasi
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
Reproductive Technologies in India - Confronting Differences, by Rupsa Mallik, submitted by Rupsa Mallik
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