The King Was Pregnant: Reproductive Ethics and Transgender Pregnancy

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 14 (1):120-140 (2021)
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Using Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness as an inspirational backdrop, a novel whose story unfolds on a genderless planet that nevertheless relies on reproductive sex for the sake of generativity, this paper tackles the sex/gender debate, its entanglements with procreation, and its consequences for transgender pregnancies. More specifically, I analyze three issues that pose barriers to thinking about a more inclusive reproductive ethics: state-sanctioned sterilization, non-reproductive futurism, and access to assisted reproductive technology.

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Jill Drouillard
Mississippi University for Women


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