Australian scientists have been frontrunners in the development and implementation of reproductive technology, and recently there has been renewed debate about government funding and access. Karen Bell provides an overview of reproductive technology services in Australia and examines the body of social research on the impacts of this technology, particularly previous research on how women and their partners experience assisted reproduction procedures. She compares the popular expectations of success with the latest success rates. She argues that there is a need for more social research to counterbalance the dominance of the biomedical aspects of AR, in particular, for more research into people’s actual experiences of AR, expectations of the likelihood of success, access issues and on the general impact of involuntary childlessness.
Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society 2006