More Than a Biological Condition: The Heteronormative Framing of Infertility

  • Erika Maxwell Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada
  • Maria Mathews Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada
  • Shree Mulay Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada
Keywords: infertility, fertility services, LGBT, Barriers to care, heteronormativity

Abstract

Infertility is often framed from the perspective of heterosexual couples, the dominant patient group using reproductive technologies. However, there are many types of patients availing of fertility treatments and those patients are often overlooked in policy, planning, service provision, and research. This commentary demonstrates the need for further research into LGBT subgroups, who frequently fall outside of infertility discourses, and are therefore especially disadvantaged by current policy and fertility service structures.

Published
2018-07-11
How to Cite
[1]
Maxwell E, Mathews M, Mulay S. More Than a Biological Condition: The Heteronormative Framing of Infertility. Can. J. Bioeth. 2018;1:63-6. https://doi.org/10.7202/1058269ar.
Section
Critical commentaries