183881 Public health and reproductive tourism: The impact of buying and selling fertility services in a global market

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 10:50 AM

Judy Norsigian, BA , Our Bodies Ourselves, Boston, MA
With the advent of reproductive technologies, options for conception, pregnancy, and childbirth have multiplied. A growing market in fertility services has created international trade in reproductive capacity, including fertility services, the sale of eggs and sperm, and commercial surrogacy contracts. As a multi-billion dollar industry, reproductive tourism raises a variety of public health questions, particularly concerning the health of the women using the technologies and the children born through their use. This presentation will present what little public health data is available related to the use of assisted reproductive technologies. It will highlight the absence of information on the incidence of reproductive tourism and lack of information on the health impacts of the technologies. The speaker will connect public health concerns to social, ethical, economic, and human rights concerns related to reproductive tourism and pose questions for public health professionals to consider in this age of rapid developments in biotechnology.

Learning Objectives:
Understand the public health implications of reproductive tourism Reflect on the social, ethical, economic and human rights concerns related to buying and selling reproductive tissue, organs, and/or capacity (e.g., eggs, wombs, and surrogacy)

Keywords: Women's Health, International Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As the Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves, I have extensive knowledge of reproductive technologies and have written and presented on this issue for many years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.