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Women and the New Reproductive Technologies in Ireland
Women and the New Reproductive Technologies in Ireland


 
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Authors: Susan Ryan-Sheridan
Publication Year: Softback 1995
Pages: 60
Size: 214 x 135mm

ISBN: 9781859180303
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New reproductive technology is now firmly established in Ireland. The author argues for public debate not only to examine the practical issues but also at a more philosophical level where the meanings and attitudes behind the technology are explored.

Examination of the new technologies available in Ireland. Provides a study of the attitudes of clergy and policy makers to the new technologies. Places the Irish situation within the context of the international debate.

New reproductive technology - the technique of the 'test-tube' baby - is now firmly established in Ireland. While the introduction of these new technologies caused intense public anxiety in other countries, they have slipped into place in Ireland without any public discussion. How is that new, highly sophisticated technological means of infertility control - technologies which dramatically alter the meaning and experience of human conception - have been so uncontroversial in a country where the question of fertility control has been so controversial and divisive?This pamphlet is the first examination of its kind into the technologies that are at present being applied in Ireland. It gives information on the techniques that are on offer, the procedures that are involved, the dangers, the costs, the successes, the control over the technology as well as examining the attitudes of the policy makers and the main churches towards the technology. Given the fact that it is women who are the exclusive bearers of children and the exclusive receivers of the technology of new reproduction, this book provides a feminist perspective. It places the Irish situation within the context of the international debate and argues that - far from new reproductive technology heralding a new era for women, a new strengthening of the concept of a woman's control over her reproductive functioning - women have much to be concerned about in the new developments. The author argues for public debate in which all the issues are made known, and suggests that this should not be pitched at a purely practical level - the 'use' to which some people may make of the technology - but should endeavour to examine the issue at a more philosophical level, where the meanings and the attitudes behind the technology are explored.


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