Credit for Motherhood
Melissa B. Jacoby
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law
May 9, 2010
North Carolina Law Review, Forthcoming
UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1603564
Prepared for a symposium on Globalization, Families and the State, this essay builds on prior work exploring the impact of consumer lenders who sell credit products for assisted reproduction and adoption. After reviewing some basic attributes of the parenthood lending market, the essay discusses how not-for-profit lenders promote traditional conceptions of motherhood and the division of carework in ways that credit discrimination laws were not designed to address. The essay also articulates some incentives of for-profit lenders to sell motherhood and potential implications for women who are ambivalent about becoming parents.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: IVF, adoption, credit cards, consumer debt, repronormativity, baby market, parenthood market
Date posted: May 11, 2010
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