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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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Statecraft Is Always Soul Craft

Statecraft Is Always Soul Craft

Egg Donation Politics in Four States

(p.114) Chapter Three Statecraft Is Always Soul Craft
Between Families and Frankenstein

Erin Heidt-Forsythe

University of California Press

To understand the ways that egg donation is framed—that is, the ways that stakeholders define problems, diagnose causes for those problems, make judgments, and suggest policy remedies—this chapter examines the ways that definitions and norms of femininity guide state policymaking across the case studies of California, New York, Arizona, and Louisiana. This chapter analyses legislative texts and bill histories, committee and floor transcripts, stakeholders’ direct statements to the public, local press coverage, and official communications. Three major themes emerge among the case studies: gender and agency, vulnerability, and the moral duty of the state. These themes illuminate the processes by which body and morality politics create a logic of state intervention in egg donation.

Keywords:   California, New York, Arizona, Louisiana, egg donation, compensation, vulnerability, agency, morality politics, body politics

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