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Everything Conceivable: How the Science of Assisted Reproduction Is Changing Our World Paperback – May 6, 2008
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Liza literally takes the reader with her into reproductive clinics where doctors are performing selective reduction or stirring up humans in petri dishes. She brings the reader into the homes of the loving parents who's child came from those petri dishes and talks with both male and female gamete donors. "So broad is the patient base, and so eager is the field to accommodate them, that assisted reproduction has gone from being an oddball fringe technology to being perhaps the most socially influential reproductive technology of the twenty-first century." This exsquisite compilation is not just of facts and figures but stories full of raw emotion, real people, real life right here and now with consequences so far reaching that soon no one will escape them.
Meet same sex couples, their egg donors and surrogates. Meet the children of IVF and hear how they feel about not being biologially related to one of their parents. Hear tales of motherly exchanges via a website dedicated to mothers and children of sperm donor #1476. Ask yourself how you feel about a man donating sperm to his infertile son's wife so that his son will be raising his literal half brother.Read more ›
One thing that I didn't like about this book is that Mundy missed, it seems to me, an opportunity to give more of a voice to the children conceived with donor gametes, and more consideration and thought to their rights, problems and concerns. In the one chapter that she does have on the subject of children's rights, the children themselves actually don't get much of a voice. Much of the chapter is again devoted to the perspective of parents and professionals in the fertility industry, who also get the whole rest of the book. The fact that the children only get what is in essence half or less than half of a chapter in a whole book about repro tech is in itself very telling. It seems that the resulting children are often an afterthought in an industry that is geared entirely to satisfying the desires of infertile adults.
The other thing I didn't like was Mundy's occasional editorializing in this book. She is obviously in favor of using the reproductive technologies she writes about, she is pro-choice, and also clearly a Democrat -- and whenever she talks about anyone who has different opinions they are inevitably labeled "far Right".Read more ›
Liza Mundy explores these issues and many others in "Everything Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction Is Changing Men, Women, and the World", a thorough and in-depth look at the science, business, practice, ethics and implications of assisted reproduction and related technologies. As a veteran science reporter, Mundy brings an objectivity and immediacy to her descriptions of the people and technology involved in this growing business. As a mother, Mundy brings a humanity and compassion in her interviews with couples seeking reproductive help and the people, including donors, surrogates and doctors, who are willing to provide that help, for a fee.
While people actively seeking assisted reproduction or those in the science and business of it might seem to have the most relevant interest in "Everything Conceivable", everyone in society has a stake in these new reproductive technologies and their expansion of our traditional definitions of kinship; their effects on current society and future generations; and even their challenge to what it means to be human.Read more ›
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Author has done a great job introducing and explaining the issues around the advances in reproductive medicine. Read morePublished 17 months ago by inthemusic
This is a great book for anyone that has been forced to become an "Infertility Warrior" on their road to motherhood or fatherhood. Read morePublished on June 5, 2009 by Patrice
The Washington Post Book Review above by Debora L. Spar amply demonstrates what is wrong with "professional" criticism today. How are we to believe Ms. Read morePublished on November 13, 2007 by Erin Tigchelaar
This book is a must-read for anyone who is considering having children. Even though I conceived two kids with no medical intervention, I am glad that I know more about the... Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by A. Malley
The author relies on the most controversial headlines rather than the "average" fertility patient. She sensationalizes something that is rather mundane in many ways. Read morePublished on July 2, 2007 by Melissa L. Owsley