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On the Use of IVF by Post-Menopausal Women

Jennifer A. Parks
Hypatia
Vol. 14, No. 1 (Winter, 1999), pp. 77-96
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810624
Page Count: 20
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On the Use of IVF by Post-Menopausal Women
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Abstract

Nonfeminist accounts of post-menopausal IVF reject the practice on four main grounds: 1) scarcity of resources; 2) fairness; 3) the "inappropriateness" of post-menopausal motherhood; and 4) concerns for orphaned children. I argue that these grounds are insufficient for denying post-menopausal women IVF access. I then suggest that a feminist evaluation of the practice is more compelling; ultimately, however, we have no strong grounds for a policy denying post-menopausal women access to this technology.

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