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Science AMA Series: Hi, I’m Tom Ekman, J.D., M.Ed., and co-author of the forthcoming book ‘Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the Rights of the Child’ from Yale University Press. Ask me anything!
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Millions of children have been born in the United States with the help of cutting-edge reproductive technologies, much to the delight of their parents. But alarmingly, scarce attention has been paid to the lax regulations that have made the U.S. a major fertility tourism destination. And without clear protections, the unique rights and needs of the children of assisted reproduction are often ignored. Babies of Technology, hardcover out April 4th from Yale University Press, is the first to consider the voice of the child in discussions about regulating the fertility industry. The controversies are many. Donor anonymity is preventing millions of children from knowing their genetic origins. Fertility clinics are marketing genetically enhanced babies. Career women are saving their eggs for later in life. And Third World women are renting their wombs to the rich. Meanwhile, the unregulated fertility market charges forward as a multi-billion-dollar industry. Who will protect our babies of technology? Ask me about that, or anything. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BabiesofTechnology/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BabiesofTech Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32073353-babies-of-technology?from_search=true Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Babies-Technology-Assisted-Reproduction-Rights/dp/0300215878 THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR THOUGHTFUL AND PIERCING QUESTIONS. I AM NEW TO REDDIT AND IT MIGHT TAKE ME A FEW HOURS (OR DAYS), BUT I HOPE TO RESPOND TO YOU ALL. CHEERS!