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Cross-border sex selection: Ethical challenges posed by a globalizing practice

Rajani Bhatia
International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Vol. 7, No. 2, Transnational Reproductive Travel (Fall 2014), pp. 185-218
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3138/ijfab.7.2.185
Page Count: 34
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Abstract

Abstract In this article, I examine reproductive travel for sex selection with reference to two distinct technologies—MicroSort and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Available since the 1990s for sex-linked disease avoidance, I focus here on their imbrication in an emerging global form of nonmedical, lifestyle sex selection that elicits movements of information, biomaterial, patients, providers, and equipment across borders. This web of cross-border, interclinical, and laboratory transactions raises issues highly relevant to a feminist approach to the bioethics of sex selection. International documents, however, have yet to account for their implication in an increasingly stratified system of global sex selection practices.

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