Baby Markets

Baby Markets

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Creating families can no longer be described by heterosexual reproduction in the intimacy of a couple's home and the privacy of their bedroom. To the contrary, babies can be brought into families through complex matrixes involving lawyers, coordinators, surrogates, 'brokers', donors, sellers, endocrinologists, and without any traditional forms of intimacy. In direct response to the need and desire to parent, men, women, and couples - gay and straight - have turned to viable, alternative means: baby markets. This book examines the ways in which Westerners create families through private, market processes. From homosexual couples skirting Mother Nature by going to the assisted reproductive realm and buying the sperm or ova that will complete the reproductive process, to Americans travelling abroad to acquire children in China, Korea, or Ethiopia, market dynamics influence how babies and toddlers come into Western families. Michele Goodwin and a group of contributing experts explore how financial interests, aesthetic preferences, pop culture, children's needs, race, class, sex, religion, and social customs influences the law and economics of baby markets.When the mother knows the sperm donor, the issues become far more complex. 2. Egg-Formed Families Generally, donorssignanagreementwaivingallparentalrightsandresponsibilities with respect to any ... and Virginia a€“ delineate the relationships and responsibilitiesbetweeneggdonorsandtheiroffspringandsimilarlyprovideanbsp;...

Title:Baby Markets
Author:Michele Bratcher Goodwin
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-02-22


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