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Some reflections on the popularization of science (in vitro by koh92929

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									                                                 Prepared by Vivette García Deister


Some reflections on the popularization of science (the case of in vitro
fertilization)

Redefining infertility…

“The idea that infertility is mainly a technical problem, which can be remedied
with the new reproductive technologies, has become paramount to popular
media coverage of these new procedures. Over the past decade, studies of the
popular press have generally found that the news media promote assisted
reproduction as a technological marvel and champion doctors as miracle
workers. The media usually anchor these procedures with two main actors:
the doctor and the fetus, thus positioning the patient (mother/father) outside
the realm of the medical experience.”
                            The Invisible Female Patient: The New Reproductive
                               Technologies Discourse in the Medical Literature
                                                                    Orly Shachar
                                            Department of Mass Communication
                                                                    Iona College
                                 http://www.pantaneto.co.uk/issue2/shachar.htm
                                                  Prepared by Vivette García Deister



Redefining motherhood…


                         Rita Arditti

                        What Future for motherhood

                        From the back cover: “The technological takeover of
                        motherhood. Genetic engineering, sperm banks, test tube
                        fertilisation, sex selection, surrogate mothering,
                        experimentation in the third world, increased technological
                        intervention in childbirth — are we taking pregnancy and the
                        birth process out of the dark ages or into a terrifying brave
                        new world?”




1986: Mothers and their “test tube” babies.

								
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