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Human Fertilisation and Embryology

Reproducing Regulation, 1st Edition

Edited by Kirsty Horsey, Hazel Biggs


272 pages

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Relevant to students, academics and practitioners across the globe, this original volume highlights contemporary issues associated with assisted reproduction and embryology and critically analyzes the law surrounding human reproduction in the light of case law and technological developments since the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (HFE Act) Act was passed in 1990.

Tackling issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, the authors identify and evaluate areas that have provoked intense public and academic debate as well as those where further or renewed regulation is needed. Focusing primarily on the legal and ethical issues involved in regulating this area in the UK, which is at the forefront of developing legislation in this area, this book has international relevance as many countries have used the UK as a model for their own legislation.

This text is suitable for a broad range of readers, including legal academics, law students and practitioners interested in the areas of medical/healthcare law and ethics, bioethics and moral philosophy, family law, sociology and reproductive medicine and genetics.


"[Human Fertilisation and Embryology does] a wonderful

job of encouraging readers to think critically about regulatory issues

around human reproductive science, and to remember the very subjective

nature of ‘‘the perfect child’’" - Julie McCandless, Feminist Legal Studies, vol. 15 no. 3 (2007)

Table of Contents

1. The Quest for a Perfect Child: How Far Should the Law Intervene? Hazel Biggs 2. Conceptions of Welfare Eric Blyth 3. Rethinking the Pre-Conception Welfare Principle Emily Jackson 4. Paying Gamete Donors Does Not Wrong The Future Child Heather Draper 5. Unforeseen Uses of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Ethical and Legal Issues Jess Buxton 6. Equality of Access to NHS-Funded IVF Treatment in England and Wales Laura Riley 7. Parenting Genetically Unrelated Children: A Comparison of Embryo Donation and Adoption Fiona MacCallum 8. Unconsidered Inconsistencies: Parenthood and Assisted Conception Kirsty Horsey 9. Beyond Genetic and Gestational Dualities: Surrogacy Agreements, Legal Parenthood and Choice in Family Formation Robin McKenzie 10. Beyond Health and Disability: Rethinking the 'Foetal Abnormality' Ground in Abortion Law Nicolette Priaulx 11. The Abortion Debate Today Ellie Lee

About the Editors

Dr Kirsty Horsey is a lecturer in law at the University of Kent. She is reproduction editor of BioNews, a web and email based service of news, information and comment on assisted reproduction and human genetics.

Hazel Biggs is Professor of Medical Law at Lancaster University. Previously she was Director of Medical Law at the University of Kent. Her work encompasses most areas of medical law with a particular emphasis on autonomy, choice and informed decision-making. She is an editor for Medical Law Review and is affiliated to the Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen) at Lancaster University.

About the Series

Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

Scientific and clinical advances, social and political developments and the impact of healthcare on our lives raise profound ethical and legal questions. Medical law and ethics have become central to our understanding of these problems, and are important tools for the analysis and resolution of problems – real or imagined.

In this series, scholars at the forefront of biomedical law and ethics will contribute to the debates in this area, with accessible, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial ideas. Each book in the series will develop an independent hypothesis and argue cogently for a particular position. One of the major contributions of this series is the extent to which both law and ethics are utilised in the content of the books, and the shape of the series itself.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Family Law / Children
LAW / Health