Sex, Lies, and Embryos

In our modern world, sex is no longer the exclusive method by which humans reproduce. Science has created a new group of options known as assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, that challenge our understanding of parenthood and biological relationships. Yet despite the fact that (or perhaps because) these acts of reproduction occur without heterosexual intercourse, taboos around sex still affect societal reactions to these new technologies and serve to obscure their biological, legal, and ethical implications. In a corollary of the socially conservative mandate that all sex be procreative, it appears that the radical right would also demand that all procreation be sexual.

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Jessica Arons

Director, Women\'s Health & Rights Program