Organized Panel Session
The research examines the development of the assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) and the changing moral landscape of the emerging local and cross-border fertility market in Taiwan. This current fertility market touches on several moral issues, raised by the commodification of health care service, the commodification of human bodies/bodily parts, and the potential redefinition of human reproduction, life, and “quasi-life” (embryo) selection. The research uses Taiwan as a case to look at how a local/cross-border fertility market emerges and how different assisted reproductive services are practiced in arenas where there are legal and moral limitations on the development of the market. The author queries: (a) how the history and institutions of Taiwan lead the market to be structured in a particular way; (b) how and by what moral logics the fertility market is organized and arranged; (c) how and why different parts of the fertility market are organized around different moral logics. Research data are collected from secondary sources and through in-depth interviews with institutional stakeholders, medical professionals, and service users. Positioning in feminist studies, economic sociology, and science, technology, and society (STS), the research specifically contributes to the body of literature on the moral market by incorporating technoscientific and gendered aspects, and contributes to the previous studies of the ARTs by incorporating a moral market approach. Further, the research offers an empirical understanding of the growing local and cross-border fertility market in our current time.