Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction

How discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at surrogacy

Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction, by Susan Markens, on Flickr
Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction

Susan Markens takes on one of the hottest issues on the fertility front—surrogate motherhood—in a book that illuminates the culture wars that have erupted over new reproductive technologies in the United States.
In an innovative analysis of legislative responses to surrogacy in the bellwether states of New York and California, Markens explores how discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at this issue. She examines the views of key players, including legislators, women’s organizations, religious groups, the media, and others. In a study that finds surprising ideological agreement among those with opposing views of surrogate motherhood, Markens challenges common assumptions about our responses to reproductive technologies and at the same time offers a fascinating picture of how reproductive politics shape social policy.

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Moderate Weight Loss and Exercise can decrease Breast Cancer Risk

Exercise Is Protective Against Breast Cancer By Affecting Estrogen Metabolism

Moderate Weight Loss and Exercise can decrease Breast Cancer Risk

Exercise may lower a woman’s risk of breast cancer by affecting the way her body breaks down estrogen, according to a new study which included 391 healthy premenopausal women who led sedentary lifestyles.

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My IVF Treatments: losing our Baby, the Pain of a Miscarriage

We need to change the way miscarriage and pregnancy loss is handled outside of the medical community

Losing our baby: The pain of a miscarriage
Personal Stories

My name is Grace. I’ve been reading the personal stories on this site since last year, and when my partner Cara and I started IUI treatments with donor sperm 10 months ago, I thought I’d be writing in to share the news of my pregnancy. Sadly, the story that I am sharing is a different one. ”

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Sadly for many DES daughters having their own children is not possible! Many of us who have experienced miscarriages, want to have kids but are struggling or unable to…

UK NHS’ it’s OK to Ask about Clinical Research

The NIHR’s patient empowerment campaign, 2013

The NHS OK to ask campaign
Promote the OK to ask campaign across the country.

During 2013/14 The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is promoting the fact that it’s OK to ask about clinical research. The campaign is aimed at patients, medical professionals and the public. Everyone can get involved and help spread the word that it’s OK to ask about clinical research. f you have a medical condition and are undergoing treatment, the NHS would like you to ask your family doctor, nurse or consultant about clinical research, and whether it might be right for you.

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Conséquences probables à long terme d’une exposition in utero au Distilbene DES, Risques de Cancer

Augmentation du risque de cancer pour les filles DES

Les méfaits du distilbène confirmés
Augmentation du risque de cancer pour les filles DES

Prescrit jusqu’en 1977 en France contre les fausses couches, le distilbène a entraîné chez les femmes exposées dans le ventre de leur mère de nombreux problèmes liés à la fertilité et à l’apparition de certains cancers. Ces risques sont aujourd’hui confirmés par une vaste étude américaine comparant 4 653 femmes exposées in utero et 1 927 femmes non exposées.

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PIP and Pregnancy: faulty Breast Implants could affect Foetus Development

Experts dispute conclusion of PIP breast implant scandal investigation

PIP breast implant campaigners question findings of independent report
Faulty PIP implants may pose pregnancy risk

The PIP faulty breast implants that were fraudulently filled with industrial-grade silicone may have caused their recipients harm, claim environmental scientists via the Royal Society of Medicine. The experts are particularly concerned about a chemical in the silicone filling that has been identified as an endocrine-disruptor – a substance that could potentially have an effect on the development of a foetus in the womb.

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Common Household Chemicals linked to Human Disease and Endocrine Disruptors

The High Price of “Convenience” Products

Common Household Chemicals Linked to Human Disease
Dr. Joseph Mercola, Physician and author

A typical American comes in regular contact with some 6,000 chemicals and an untold number of potentially toxic substances on a less frequent basis. There are about 75,000 chemicals regularly manufactured and imported by U.S. industries, so you could be exposed to any number of them. Disturbingly, many of them have never been fully tested for safety. ”

In his latest post about endocrine disrupting chemicals, Dr. Joseph Mercola covers:

  • The High Price of “Convenience” Products
  • Three More Common Chemicals to Avoid
  • What Can You Do to Reduce Unnecessary Chemical Exposure to Your Family?

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by Dr. Joseph Mercola, HuffPost Healthy Living, May 9, 2013

Understanding how a powerful Protein called p53 protects against Cancer Development

Research Reveals Cancer-Suppressing Protein ‘Multitasks’

Research Reveals Cancer-Suppressing Protein 'Multitasks'
When p53’s cancer-suppressing function was first discovered, it was important to understand how this protein functioned

Ms Liz Valente, Dr Ana Janic and Professor Andreas Strasser from the Molecular Genetics of Cancer division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have been dissecting the processes that are controlled by p53, to discover how this protein can suppress cancer development. Their surprising results are published online today in the journal Cell Reports.

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My IVF Treatments: learning the hard Way that Science has Not outsmarted Mother Nature…

The vast majority of assisted reproductive technologies fail…

Learning the hard way that science has not outsmarted mother nature
Personal stories

My name is Miriam. I am one of those women who delayed motherhood until the age of 40. I was fit and healthy, ate well and practiced yoga. I had no idea that trying to become pregnant would be so difficult. Since I was a teenager I had been bombarded by cultural and media messages that said it was okay to postpone childbearing. I wasn’t aware that women’s fertility declined so rapidly after the age of 35, and dramatically more after the age of 40. ”

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South African Media asking for ALL Medical Research Results to be known

Why researchers MUST publish ALL results of clinical trials

Call for all clinical trial results to be made known
Sir Iain Chalmers says let’s make all research results public

South Africans participating in clinical trials should demand that results are published ” says Cochrane Collaboration founder Sir Iain Chalmers.
Much of the world’s clinical research was wasteful and failed to tackle issues that were most important to patients ” Sir Iain told delegates at a conference hosted by the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Worse still, only 50% of the research was published, which meant doctors and patients were left in the dark about possible side effects, concealing evidence of potential possible harm from doctors and patients alike ” he said.

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