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Reproductive Tourism in the United States

Creating Family in the Mother Country, 1st Edition

By Lauren Jade Martin


178 pages

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This book examines the United States as a destination for international consumers of assisted fertility services, including egg donation, surrogacy, and sex selection. Based on interviews conducted with fertility industry insiders who market their services to an international clientele in three of the largest American hubs of the global fertility marketplace - New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco - and focusing on the providers rather than the consumers of assisted fertility services, the book shines a light on how professional ethics and norms, in addition to personal moralities, shape the practice of reproductive tourism.


"Sociologist Martin (Penn State Univ., Berks) focuses on the international marketplace for which prospective parents leave home countries to obtain assisted fertility services—including egg donation, surrogacy, and sex selection—elsewhere. The author addresses how middle-class Americans may be drawn to India to acquire fertility services too expensive to pay for at home. She also explores situations in which wealthy infertile Japanese couples might seek surrogate parenthood in the US that would be illegal to have in Japan. Martin’s analysis excels when she reviews the varying availabilities of assisted fertility services in the US, which differ from one state to another because of diverging laws and from one period to another up to the present Obamacare era. Summing up: Recommended"— W. Feigelman, emeritus, Nassau Community College, CHOICE Reviews

Table of Contents

Introduction: Procreative Outlaws 1. Reproductive Tourism in the Age of Globalization 2. The Push and Pull of Reproductive Tourism: The United States as Destination 3. Privatization and Self-Regulation in the United States Fertility Industry 4. Coming to America: How Providers Manage Work with International Clients 5. Ethics, Professional Autonomy and the United States Fertility Industry 6. Genetic Imperatives and Selective Technologies in the Global Landscape. Conclusion: Setting Regional and Global Standards. Appendix: Notes on Methodology and Sampling.

About the Author

Lauren Jade Martin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, Berks.

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Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
MEDICAL / Reproductive Medicine & Technology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General