Several research assistants and I spent last summer looking at websites from virtually every US fertility clinic. One of the things we recorded was the race of any babies pictured on the first page of the clinics’ websites. I have no background in critical legal studies or critical race theory, so I am probably not the best person to do this study, but I was looking at other advertising issues on the website, and I had read that minorities use assisted reproductive technologies at a much lower level than Whites, despite experiencing higher rates of infertility and even when states mandate fertility insurance (which should control for wealth effects).
I was surprised by the results, which are included here. It turns out that the picture of fertility care in America on websites is quite literally a picture of White doctors helping patients have White babies.