Reproductive Tourism in the Age of Globalization

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.



Work Title Reproductive Tourism in the Age of Globalization
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  1. Martin, Lauren Jade
  1. reproductive technology, fertility
  2. reproductive tourism, globalization
License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Work Type Article
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  1. 10.1080/14747730802500398
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Deposited October 24, 2015




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