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The New EugenicsSelective Breeding in an Era of Reproductive Technologies$
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Judith Daar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300137156

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300137156.001.0001

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The Harms of Procreative Deprivation

The Harms of Procreative Deprivation

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(p.152) Seven The Harms of Procreative Deprivation
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The New Eugenics
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Judith Daar

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300137156.003.0007

This chapter examines how recent efforts to address the harms done to several Americans have taken shape as formal apologies and payments to surviving victims. This contemporary hand-wringing is an important acknowledgment that state-sponsored reproductive deprivation is among the most profound offenses a citizen can suffer. The chapter questions whether the harms from deprivation of assisted conception services are of equal impact to those wrought by unconsensual, unwanted, and procreative robbing surgeries. Whatever the comparison, each person deprived of an opportunity to parent by law, policy, or provider suffers gravely in ways that go beyond the first-line harm of forced childlessness. These harms befall patients, providers, children, and society in various ways, strengthening the case that disparities in access to ART warrant attention and reform.

Keywords:   reproductive deprivation, formal apologies, payments, assisted conception, childlessness, ART reform

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