By Françoise Baylis (Dalhousie University),
co-guest editor of the issue together with Jocelyn Downie (Dalhousie University)
Medical travel, and more specifically transnational reproductive travel, is a burgeoning practice—and an ethically controversial one because it so clearly capitalizes on differences in legal regimes, wages, and standards of living, as well as on cultural and ethical norms. It does so invariably to the detriment of the poor and the vulnerable.
This special issue of IJFAB makes a unique contribution, from an explicitly feminist perspective, to the ethical debates surrounding transnational reproductive travel. Specifically, it highlights some of the challenges with the cross-border movement of both reproductive material and people. This includes travel by reproductive laborers (i.e., women who provide eggs for third-party reproduction and women who provide gestational services), and intended parents.
The collection includes articles on the regulation of reproductive travel by Dominique Martin and Stefan Kane on “National Self-Sufficiency in Reproductive Resources: An Innovative Response to Transnational Reproductive Travel,” and G.K. D. Crozier, Jennifer L. Johnson, and Christopher Hajzler on “At the Intersections of Emotional and Biological Labor: Understanding Transnational Commercial Surrogacy as Social Reproduction.” These are followed by Angela Ballantyne’s “Exploitation in Cross-Border Reproductive Care.”
Also included is a series of practice-specific articles. Andrea Whittaker and Jennifer Parks consider surrogacy, the first in “Merit and Money: The Situated Ethics of Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in Thailand,” and the second in “Feminist Issues in Domestic and Transnational Surrogacy: The Case of Japan.” Chralotte Kroløkke writes on eggs for third-party reproduction in “Eggs and Euros: A Feminist Perspective on Reproductive Travel from Denmark to Spain,” while Françoise Baylis and Jocelyn Downie write on “Achieving National Altruistic Self-Sufficiency in Human Eggs for Third-Party Reproduction in Canada.” The final article by Raani Bhatia is on “Cross-Border Sex Selection: Ethical Challenges Posed by a Globalizing Practice.”
Together, these articles provide the reader with feminist insights into a range of issues and perspectives that warrant further debate and discussion as many among us navigate borders while participating in a family-making project.
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