Does ectogestation have oppressive potential?

Journal of Social Philosophy (forthcoming)
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Abstract

In the future, full ectogestation – in which artificial placenta technology would be used to carry out the entirety of gestation – could be an alternative to human pregnancy. This article analyzes some underexplored objections to ectogestation which relate to the possibility for new and continuing forms of social oppression. In particular, we examine whether ectogestation could be linked to an unwarranted de-valuing of certain aspects of female reproductive embodiment, or exacerbate objectionable kinds of scrutiny over the reproductive choices of gestating persons. Without discounting the potential benefits of full ectogestation, we conclude that the socially oppressive potential of ectogestation, on top of other concerns, warrants further critical ethical reflection.

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Ji-Young Lee
University of Copenhagen
Ezio Di Nucci
University of Copenhagen
Andrea Bidoli
University of Copenhagen

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