Notes From the Field of an Embryo Ethnographer
By Risa Cromer
With all that is happening across the United States concerning women’s reproductive health and autonomy-personhood amendments, funding attack on Planned Parenthood and their patients, incarcerations of women like Bei Bei Shuari, government mandated ultrasounds, and remarkable statement about pills between our knees-I want to offer a few windows into a world where embryonic personhood is the status quo. I highlight examples of grief an loss with embryo adoption and consider some resonant examples from my volunteer works as a peer counselor. Even across gulfs like embryonic personhood, I believe it is worthwhile to identify shared reproductive experiences, such as grief or loss.