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Conceptions of transgender parenthood in fertility care and family planning in Sweden: from reproductive rights to concrete practices
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. (Historiska studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7764-6326
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies.
2018 (English)In: Anthropology & Medicine, ISSN 1364-8470, E-ISSN 1469-2910, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 329-343Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is an oft-repeated trope that the recent medical advances in the field of assisted reproduction have radically transformed the ways in which we can achieve, practice and imagine parenthood. This development has enabled new forms of non-heterosexual family constellations, including same-sex nuclear families and solo-parents by choice, and as a result an increasing number of groups are mobilising politically for access to fertility treatments. Swedish transgender patients are one of these groups; after many years of political mobilisation, they are no longer required by law to go through sterilisation as a compulsory part of gender corrective surgery, and instead today, all transgender patients are offered fertility preservation through gamete freezing. This, in turn, has meant not only that Swedish fertility clinics have faced an entirely new patient group – the transgender fertility patient – but also that the cultural imagination of who can become a parent and what a family might look like is becoming further destabilised. Building on interviews with medical staff, LGBTQ-advocates and complementing qualitative data, this paper seeks to shed light on the very process by which these new rights are translated in the practical context of the fertility clinic, and also what it means, more generally, for cultural imaginations of parenting when a group whose reproductive futures were previously considered either impossible or undesirable are now ‘anticipating infertility’ and engaging in ‘family planning’ as central parts of their lifecourse and medical engagements.

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2018. Vol. 25, no 3, p. 329-343
Keywords [en]
assisted reproduction, family law, fertility preservation, transgender, sterilisation
Keywords [sv]
assisterad befruktning, familjelag, fertilitetsbevarande behandling, transpersoner, sterilisering
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Ethnology
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Historical Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37467DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2018.1507485ISI: 000456822200007PubMedID: 30686027Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060573822OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-37467DiVA, id: diva2:1283288
Available from: 2019-01-28 Created: 2019-01-28 Last updated: 2019-02-26Bibliographically approved

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