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IVF in Sri Lanka: A concise history of regulatory impasse

Simpson, R.

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This article outlines the development of IVF in Sri Lanka from the first successful births in the late 1990s and over the subsequent 15 years. It is based on anthropological fieldwork carried out at various points during this period. The piece focuses on the challenges entailed in achieving regulation of the new reproductive technologies against a backdrop of: (i) a bitter civil war; (ii) a complex mosaic of different religious traditions (specifically, Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism and Islam); and (iii) a shift towards neo-liberal marketization, particularly in relation to specialist and hi-tech medical interventions. The article concludes that ‘soft’ regulation operates both to avoid conflict around highly contentious issues in debates about reproductive rights as well as to enable commercially driven developments in technologically specialised areas of medicine.

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Simpson, R. (2016). IVF in Sri Lanka: A concise history of regulatory impasse. Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online, 2, 8-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbms.2016.02.003

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 17, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 11, 2016
Publication Date Jun 1, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 14, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 16, 2016
Journal Reproductive biomedicine & society online.
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Pages 8-15
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbms.2016.02.003
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1386355

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