Analysis Of Killing The Black Body By Dorothy Roberts

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The statistics, some of which is highlighted by Dorothy Roberts in Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty, show the disparity between whites and blacks who seek fertility help from the new reproductive mechanisms. She concludes that it is very evident that the methods are used also exclusively by whites: there are a few black middle-class patients, but largely exceptions. The cost of the procedures is the first of many barriers that rule out numerous black families as statistically, they are the poorest of society. Roberts highlights that the mean cost of one IVF cycle is about $8,000. Often, patients need to do more than one cycle to have successful live births. This is less than fifty percent of the $20,000 …show more content…
Therefore, infertility is more embarrassing for the black woman and going to the fertility clinic would just multiply the embarrassment. Also, middle class infertile black couples who could afford ART are encouraged to adopt rather that use the available technologies. The ART industry would be negatively affected by the influx of blacks. This result is a different marketing strategy toward white and black infertile couples. There is a better campaign in promoting adoption of poor black children by black couples while encouraging whites to adopt only as a last resort . Rather, white couples should “come to our clinics and have your white …show more content…
However, this new medical development may not be in the hands of black women as there are greater benefits in keeping them out. In a few years, there might be an increased in the number of black women who can afford the high cost, however, the cost is just the first of many barriers to overcome. One such barrier is not in the control of the black woman. White couples’ desire to maintain purity in the race, the white genetic tie is greatly valued, while there is little to no value on the black genetic tie. There is no value in promoting the importance of this tie to black couples, however, there is great value in promising white couples that ‘blackness’ will not be allowed to contaminate the ‘whiteness’ of their children. The fact is that ART is a product best marketed to whites, and blacks are and will continue to be left out. The few cases of black couples will continue to be rare

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