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