Do you know about the Iranian IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) Revolution?
Marcia Inhorn (pictured) does … because she was alive to see it, and has studied it since in detail.
A medical anthropologist at Yale University, she witnessed a massive shift in the Middle East — and specifically Iran — as Ayatollah Khomeini embraced the reproductive technology in the 1990s. He proclaimed that IVF was fine for Muslim couples and he even allowed donor egg and donor sperm to be used. Thus, Iran has become a hub for so-called ‘reproductive tourism’ in the Muslim world.
Sound a little complicated? It was, and still is. But it stirred something deep and pressing within her nonetheless.