New genetic technologies and their impact on women: A feminist perspective

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In wealthy countries such as the United States, new genetic and reproductive technologies, including human reproductive cloning, are being developed. To date, the short- and long- term consequences for women of human reproductive cloning have remained largely unexamined. This article analyses ten common misconceptions about new genetic technologies, especially human reproductive cloning, and shows that women will bear the major physical, psychological, social, moral, legal, political and economic burdens of these genetic manipulations. Despite the great diversity of women and differing feminist perspectives towards new reproductive technologies, I argue that we need a united position which opposes human reproductive cloning. This article is based on a presentation that formed part of a panel at the Association for Women's Rights and Development (AWID) 9th International Forum entitled 'The Genetic Revolution, Biotechnology and Women's Rights'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-124
Number of pages11
JournalGender and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes


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