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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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(p.191) Conclusion
Between Families and Frankenstein

Erin Heidt-Forsythe

University of California Press

This chapter concludes the book by providing a brief overview of the theoretical arguments, data, methods, and findings of this book. I argue that the “lady vanishes” in gender and politics around egg donation, obscuring the importance of political subjectivity of egg donors, as well as the relevance of gendered representation to analyses of reproductive technology policy. In this chapter, I argue for three major avenues of research: egg donors as political subjects, feminist policy and gendered representation, and states as “laboratories of democracy” for federal egg-donation policy. This chapter concludes that through these avenues, the politics of egg donation have a more democratic future.

Keywords:   egg donors, egg donation, gender and politics, representation, feminism, federalism, democracy

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