Gender, Eugenics, & Biotechnology Task Force


taking a stand on genetic and reproductive technologies

The Gender, Eugenics & Biotechnology Task Force (GEB) aims to incite feminist, women’s health, reproductive rights and women of color organizations; their funding organizations; and women’s studies academic programs to take a stand on new human genetic and reproductive technologies. In response to CWPE’s concern about the inherent potential for gender, class, disability and racial/ethnic discrimination posed by biotechnology that proffers “choice” GEB was formed to challenge the rushed and unregulated development of sex selection, human reproductive cloning and genetic engineering technologies.

GEB fosters critical awareness on human cloning; inheritable genetic modification; screening technologies such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and prenatal diagnosis followed by selective abortion; sex and ability selection; sex selection marketing; genetic testing discrimination; positive and negative consumer eugenics; able-bodied supremacy; the ethics and risks (with an emphasis on abuse potential) of human experimentation; and the definition of reproductive rights and choice in a context of increased commercial control of reproduction.

Resources & Actions:
Take A Stand On Genetic & Reproductive Technologies
Sign this petition to support CWPE’s Genetic & Reproductive Technologies Feminist Statement.

Help Us End Sex Selection
CWPE is working in collaboration with organizers, scholars, and health practitioners to organize a wide opposition to fetal sex selection. Go to our Campaign To End Sex Selection page for more info.

Critical Information About Gender, Eugenics, & Biotechnology:
The Case Against Sex Selection, Human Genetics Alert (December 2002)
Sex Selection: New Technologies, New Forms of Gender Discrimination, by Rajani Bhatia, Rupsa Mallik, and Shamita Das Dasgupta, with contributions from Soniya Munshi and Marcy Darnovsky
Jack or Jill? The Era of Consumer-Driven Eugenics Has Begun, Margaret Talbot, The Atlantic Monthly (March 2002)

More articles? Visit CWPE's Sex Selection Resources page!

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