Abstract

Abstract:

While scholars from various disciplines examine lesbian assisted conception after 1983, when lesbians had already gained easier access to fertility services and treatments, little historical work exists that explores the period before 1983 or the reasons that year proved pivotal for lesbians wanting to conceive. This article focuses on the transformative years from 1971 to 1983, in which medically assisted conception for lesbians transitioned from being inaccessible to a viable option. Using archival material and oral interviews, I chart how a small group of lesbians utilized the tools of the women’s health and gay liberation movements to make assisted conception more accessible.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2036
Print ISSN
1042-7961
Pages
pp. 82-102
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-13
Open Access
No
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