Assisted Reproductive Technologies : Implications for Women's Reproductive Rights and Social Citizenship

There is a general perception that assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) affect only a small number of affluent women in India. However, the ART industry - tied as it is to the vigorously pushed medical tourism industry - has expanded to the extent that its consequences are no longer limited to a small number of affluent women. But, because ART is not part of the public healthcare system it has yet to become a large concern for the health and reproductive rights movement in the way hazardous contraceptives and sex-selection have.

This study will investigate the various dimensions of ART as it affects the lives of ordinary women. Researchers will explore the intersections between ART and the women's movement, society, the state, national policy and regulation, and ethical practice, with a view to developing a critical feminist discourse on reproductive rights and advocating for the regulation of the ART industry in India.

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

End Date

Thursday, February 17, 2011


34 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 203,500


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

N. B. Sarojini


SAMA - Resource for Women and Health

Institution Country