Bending the law and crossing borders choosing Danish sperm

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In recent years, Denmark has become a European destination for couples and single women wanting sperm donation. One reason is that the current regulation is liberal in the sense that it enables single women and lesbians to be treated. Since neither private sperm banks nor clinics run by midwifes have to apply to the law, it is even possible to choose between anonymous and non-anonymous donors.
In this presentation, I focus on how the fertility travellers seeking sperm donation in Denmark, and the employees at Danish fertility clinics and sperm banks, negotiate the ethical implications of using sperm donation. Inspired by Karen Barad’s theory agential realism, I will analyze how ethics is material-discoursively negotiated in practice.
The presentation is based on an ethnographic fieldwork carried out at fertility clinics in Denmark. It includes observations from the clinics, and interviews with employees and the fertility travellers using sperm donation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAnnual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S): Design and displacement – social studies of science and technology - CBS, København, Denmark
Duration: 17 Oct 201220 Oct 2012


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
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