Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities
Visiting Assistant Professor
Hood College, Maryland
Canada's (Neo)Colonization of Reproductive Labor
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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