"... convincing and terrifying." -- Fay Weldon"This book provides a highly readable and useful account of reproductive technologies that have become available during the last decade." -- Ethics"... an extremely readable introduction to the world of reproductive technologies." -- New Directions for Women"... paints a graphic picture... The values of the medical science she discusses are essentially those of a patriarchally controlled society in which men have all the tools and information and women must beg for bits and pieces and in which male pressure, aided by legal and technological procedures, is increasingly exerted. The book is thoroughly documented... " -- Booklist"... compelling and comprehensive... " -- American Journal of SociologyIn the last ten years, women have been specifically targeted as "living laboratories" for experimentation, whether to limit their fertility or to end their infertility. Rowland explores the use of women as raw material in the drive for profit and power. In her investigation, the effect of new reproductive technologies is clear: the increasing alienation of people from reproduction and the increased control by medical science and the state over the "quality" of children born.