- The Oxford Handbook of Reproductive Ethics
- Biographical Sketches
- The Discursive Context of Reproductive Ethics
- Access to Basic Reproductive Rights: Global Challenges
- Constructing the Abortion Argument
- Victims of Trafficking, Reproductive Rights, and Asylum
- The Commodification of Women’s Reproductive Tissue and Services
- Twenty-First-Century Eugenics
- Procreative Rights in a Postcoital World
- Reproduction as a Civil Right
- Conscientious Objection in Reproductive Health
- The Role of Providers in Assisted Reproduction: Potential Conflicts, Professional Conscience, and Personal Choice
- Ethical Issues in Newborn Screening
- How We Acquire Parental Rights
- Mothers and Others: Relational Autonomy in Parenting
- Procreators’ Duties: Sexual Asymmetries
- Reproductive Control for Men: For Men?
- Societal Disregard for the Needs of the Infertile
- Is Surrogacy Ethically Problematic?
- Parents with Disabilities
- Late-in-Life Motherhood: Ethico-Legal Perspectives on the Postponement of Childbearing and Access to Artificial Reproductive Technologies
- Justice, Procreation, and the Costs of Having and Raising Disabled Children
- Ethical Issues in the Evolving Realm of Egg Donation
- Sperm and Egg Donor Anonymity: Legal and Ethical Issues
- Who Am I When I’m Pregnant?
- Contemplating the Start of Someone
- The Possibility of Being Harmed by One’s Own Conception
- Understanding Procreative Beneficence
- Opting for Twins in In Vitro Fertilization: What Does Procreative Responsibility Require?
- Procreative Responsibility in View of What Parents Owe Their Children
Abstract and Keywords
Who you understand yourself to be when you are pregnant depends to a greater or lesser extent on whether you wanted to be pregnant in the first place. Pregnant women may step gladly into a desired new role, may seek an abortion if the pregnancy is unwelcome, or may be forced into a new identity as prospective mother if abortion is unavailable. In either case, the bodily changes of pregnancy may alter the woman’s self-conception in many ways. This chapter explores three destructive master narratives of pregnancy: the pregnant woman as fetal container, as good mother, and as public body. It concludes that counterstories must be constructed and socially circulated to counter the master narratives that damage pregnant women’s identities, stories that more accurately represent the women and depict them as worthy of respect. Examples are stories that describe pregnant women as calling the fetuses they carry into personhood.
Hilde Lindemann, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University
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