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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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Feminism and the Commercialization of Human Eggs/Embryos

Feminism and the Commercialization of Human Eggs/Embryos

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(p.147) Dialogue 21 Feminism and the Commercialization of Human Eggs/Embryos
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Stem Cell Dialogues
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Sheldon Krimsky

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.003.0021

In this dialogue, Dr. Rebecca Franklin and fellow feminist, twenty-five-year-old activist Jenny Gunderson, discuss the ways in which women relate to the moral status of human embryos. The feminist movements evolved through three stages, sometimes referred to as waves. The first wave of feminism was a human rights movement; the second wave focused on reproductive rights, self-help, self-determination, sexual power, consciousness raising, and economic opportunity for women; the third wave emphasized empowerment over sisterhood. Dr. Franklin considers herself a second-wave feminist and has always supported a woman's right to abortion. Gunderson is affiliated with a women's health group devoted to protecting women from “eggsploitation,” or the commercialization of their eggs, and its impact on women's health. Here she expresses her stand about deriving human embryonic stem cells without human eggs.

Keywords:   feminism, women, human embryos, feminist movement, abortion, eggsploitation, commercialization, human eggs, female health, human embryonic stem cells

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