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Reproductive freedom, self-regulation, and the government of impairment in utero.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17111555     Owner:  KIE     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article critically examines the constitution of impairment in prenatal testing and screening practices and various discourses that surround these technologies. While technologies to test and screen (for impairment) prenatally are claimed to enhance women's capacity to be self-determining, make informed reproductive choices, and, in effect, wrest control of their bodies from a patriarchal medical establishment, I contend that this emerging relation between pregnant women and reproductive technologies is a new strategy of a form of power that began to emerge in the late eighteenth century. Indeed, my argument is that the constitution of prenatal impairment, by and through these practices and procedures, is a widening form of modern government that increasingly limits the field of possible conduct in response to pregnancy. Hence, the government of impairment in utero is inextricably intertwined with the government of the maternal body.
Shelley Tremain
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hypatia     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0887-5367     ISO Abbreviation:  Hypatia     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-14     Completed Date:  2006-12-22     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100971977     Medline TA:  Hypatia     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  35-53     Citation Subset:  E    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Eugenic / ethics
Disabled Persons* / psychology
Genetic Counseling
Power (Psychology)
Pregnant Women*
Prenatal Diagnosis* / ethics,  psychology
Reproductive Rights
Reproductive Techniques
Social Control, Informal*

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