Although major breakthroughs in reproductive technology have created dramatic opportunities for many people, they are not without problems. More significant than the question of whether the technologies are "good" or "bad," however, is for whom they are good, in what instances, and to whom they should be made accessible. These issues can be debated at multiple levels; from the ethical implications, to the social and psychological consequences for society and for the individual, to the legal and medical outcomes. Each chapter highlights a different array of problems and benefits, while emphasizing four major themes: the impact of technology on women's lives; the role of women; the individual versus society; and the fetus as patient.
"…I think that this book will be highly valued by those engaged in clinical, research, and policy-making efforts in the reproductive technology area. It is evenhanded and clear, and in a highly charged content area, these are valued qualities."
"The editors in their outstanding introductory and concluding chapters, provide a strong, conceptual overview of the major themes and controversies addressed by the contributors in their separate chapters. Readers new to this area will find that these chapters can stand alone as an excellent introduction to this topic….This book is an excellent resource for social workers of many types….Readers with interests in women's issues generally, in ethical issues, or in the impact of technology on individuals and society likewise will find much value in this volume."
—Social Work in Health Care
"A volume well suited to upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in the health professionals, women's studies, and other social sciences disciplines."
Contents: J. Rodin, A. Collins, The New Reproductive Technologies: Overview of the Challenges and Issues. N.S. Dye, The History of the Relationship Between Women's Health and Technology. S. Thatcher, A. Decherney, Pregnancy-Inducing Technologies: Biological and Medical Implications. R. Faden, Autonomy, Choice, and the New Reproductive Technologies: The Role of Informed Consent in Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis. C. Whitbeck, Ethical Issues Raised by the New Medical Technologies. S. Ruzek, Women's Reproductive Rights: The Impact of Technology. E.W. Clayton, Women and Advances in Medical Technology: The Legal Issues. N.E. Adler, S. Keys, P. Robertson, Psychological Issues in New Reproductive Technologies: Pregnancy-Inducing Technology and Diagnostic Screening. R. Rapp, Communicating About the New Reproductive Technologies: Cultural, Interpersonal and Linguistic Determinants of Understanding. A. Collins, J. Rodin, The New Reproductive Technologies: What Have We Learned?