Canada's (Neo)Colonization of Reproductive Labor
Speaker: Katy Fulfer, Hood College, Maryland
Commercial contract pregnancy and egg donation are banned within Canada, but Canadians undertake commercial transnational reproductive travel to create families. In this talk, I suggest that the connection between Canada’s inconsistent regulation and neocolonialism is underexplored. Recently, Canadian feminist bioethicists have noticed the inconsistent regulation and advocated for an altruistic, self-sufficiency program to reduce reliance on reproductive travel. However, without acknowledging neocolonialism, feminist bioethicists may not sufficiently highlight global power relationships embedded within transnational reproductive travel. Further, I draw attention to a possible problem with a concurrent ban on commercialized reproduction and promoting self-sufficiency: bans may also reinforce neocolonialism.
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