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Between Families and FrankensteinThe Politics of Egg Donation in the United States$
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Erin Heidt-Forsythe

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520298187

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520298187.001.0001

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Dream or Nightmare?

Dream or Nightmare?

Theories and Histories of Egg Donation in the United States

(p.37) Chapter One Dream or Nightmare?
Between Families and Frankenstein

Erin Heidt-Forsythe

University of California Press

This chapter examines two major frameworks—body and morality politics—that explain the diverse politics of egg donation. At different moments in the history and regulation of egg donation, these frameworks have gained and lost traction to define egg donation in the U.S. context. This chapter breaks down how body politics and morality politics play a role in this process, both in the contemporary period and the past, tracing how they have shaped the system of egg donation. After laying out the ways that these frameworks help explain egg donation in reproduction and research, this chapter connects body and morality politics to the practical, scholarly, and political histories of this reproductive technology in the U.S. context.

Keywords:   egg donation, framing, body politics, morality politics, regulation, medicine, reproduction, stem cell, history

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