Nothing beyond the able mother?: A queer-crip perspective on notions of the reproductive subject in German feminist bioethics


This essay examines dominant notions of reproductive identity in feminist bioethics from a queer-crip perspective by considering the "reproductive situation" in Germany of people who are classified as disabled and people who are classified as queer. I analyze the ways in which such people are excluded from the understandings of reproductive identity that figure prominently in German feminist bioethics, and argue that feminist bioethics in Germany, which has become a well-established part of important bioethical institutions, reflects many, if not most, of the neo-eugenic developments that characterize more recognizably mainstream bioethics. I also show that (German) feminist bioethics (like its more recognizably mainstream counterpart) constitutes the reproductive subject as nondisabled, intelligibly gendered, and heterosexual.