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Creating families can no longer be described by heterosexual reproduction in the intimacy of a couple's home and the privacy of their bedroom. To the contrary, babies can be brought into families through complex matrixes involving lawyers, coordinators, surrogates, 'brokers', donors, sellers, endocrinologists, and without any traditional forms of intimacy. In direct response to the need and desire to parent, men, women, and couples - gay and straight - have turned to viable, alternative means: baby markets. This book examines the ways in which Westerners create families through private, market processes. From homosexual couples skirting Mother Nature by going to the assisted reproductive realm and buying the sperm or ova that will complete the reproductive process, to Americans travelling abroad to acquire children in China, Korea, or Ethiopia, market dynamics influence how babies and toddlers come into Western families. Michele Goodwin and a group of contributing experts explore how financial interests, aesthetic preferences, pop culture, children's needs, race, class, sex, religion, and social customs influences the law and economics of baby markets.
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Formatted Contents Note
Introduction Baby markets / Michele Bratcher Goodwin The upside of baby markets / Martha Ertman Price and pretense in the baby market / Kimberly D. Krawiec Bringing feminist fundamentalism to the U.S. baby markets / Mary Anne Case Producing kinship through the marketplaces of transnational adoption / Sara Dorow Adoption laws and practices : serving whose interests? / Ruth-Arlene W. Howe International adoption : the human rights issues / Elizabeth Bartholet Heterosexuality as a prenatal social problem : why parents and courts have a taste for heterosexuality / José Gabilondo Transracial adoption of black children : an economic analysis / Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Daniel Pollack Reproducing dreams / Naomi Cahn Why do parents have rights? : the problem of kinship in liberal thought / Maggie Gallagher Free markets, free choice? : a market approach to reproductive rights / Debora L. Spar Commerce and regulation in the assisted reproduction industry / John A. Robertson Ethics within markets or a market for ethics? : can disclosure of sperm donor identity be effectively mandated? / June Carbone and Paige Gottheim Egg donation for research and reproduction : the compensation conundrum / Nanette R. Elster Eggs, nests, and stem cells / Lisa C. Ikemoto Where stem cell research meets abortion politics : limits on buying and selling human oocytes / Michelle Oberman, Leslie Wolf, and Patti Zettler Risky exchanges / Viviana A. Zelizer Giving in to baby markets / Sonia Suter Concluding thoughts / Michele Bratcher Goodwin.