Babies on Demand: Reproduction in a Technological Age
In 1800 the American women had seven or eight children on average. Today 35% of American women have two. How did this happen?
This episode of Distillations explores the role technology has played in reproduction, and how it has affected the ethical and moral landscape that surrounds it.
First, reporter Allison Quantz talks to her sister to find out what she plans to do with her extra frozen embryos. Along the way Quantz learns that there are more than one million frozen embryos in the United States with similar uncertain futures.
Then we talk with Deanna Day, a historian of medicine and technology, and Lara Freidenfelds, a historian who writes about women’s health, sex, and reproduction in America.