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More than an idea: why ectogestation should become a concrete option
  1. Andrea Bidoli
  1. Public Health, University of Copenhagen, København, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Andrea Bidoli, Public Health, University of Copenhagen, København, Denmark; andrea.bidoli{at}sund.ku.dk

Abstract

This paper calls for the development of a method of ectogestation as an emancipatory intervention for women. I argue that ectogestation would have a dual social benefit: first, by providing a gestational alternative to pregnancy, it would create unique conditions to reevaluate one’s reproductive preferences—which, for women, always include gestational considerations—and to satisfy a potential preference not to gestate. Enabling the satisfaction of such a preference is particularly valuable due to the pressures women face to embrace pregnancy as central to their identity, while at the same time being penalised by it. Second, ectogestation would address certain specific negative social implications of gestation and childbirth, which cannot be avoided through social measures as they are caused by the corporeal nature of these phenomena. Finally, I argue that it is unfair to hold ectogestation to a higher standard than other innovations such as modern contraceptives and non-medical egg freezing.

  • Ethics
  • Feminism
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Women's rights

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  • Contributors AB is the sole author of this article and guarantor.

  • Funding This study was funded by Velux Fonden (00026589).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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