chapter  7
20 Pages

Life, death and immortality

In this final chapter, I want to reflect on the ways in which we think about bodies, the meaning of embodiment and its significance for feminists, and the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies that modify or transform bodies. In the first section, I will explore the issues around ‘informed consent’ as it relates to embryo collection. The second section briefly summarizes discussion around the ethics and politics of abortion and fetal-tissue use. The third section retraces the shift from transplantation medicine to regenerative medicine in order to generate new forms of biocapital in a bioeconomy characterized by social inequalities. Finally, drawing on feminist scholarship, I consider what a feminist bioethics can contribute to analysis of embodied futures.