Reproductive tourism in the age of globalization

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Abstract

Although reproduction involves deeply private choices among individuals, state actors have long intervened in shaping their citizens' procreative choices through regulations, incentives, technologies, and services. Reproductive tourism has emerged as a phenomenon in which people go abroad for assisted reproductive technology services, demonstrating the globalization of procreation and childbearing. While some people engage in reproductive tourism to access cheaper, more efficient, or a wider range of services, others do so to bypass regulations and laws in their home countries. This paper examines the tensions between national regulations and the global marketplace for assisted fertility services, paying attention to the patchwork of national policies regarding reproductive technologies in the face of multilateral trade agreements, regional confederations, technological development, the forces of global capital, and consumer desire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-263
Number of pages15
JournalGlobalizations
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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