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Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and Embryology

1st Edition

By Kirsty Horsey


256 pages

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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 was a major update to the UK’s laws on the use and regulation of reproductive technology and assisted reproduction. Since the enactment of the new law, the sector’s regulatory body, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), has also consulted on various related topics including barriers to egg and sperm donation in the UK, multiple births/single embryo transfer and using IVF technology to prevent mitochondrial disease.

This book critically considers recent developments in human fertilisation legislation, asking whether the 2008 Act has achieved its stated aim of being fit for purpose. Bringing together a range of international experts, the book evaluates the fresh risks and challenges emerging from both established and existing technologies and techniques in the field of human fertilisation and embryology, as well as offering valuable insights into the social and regulatory challenges that lie ahead. Key topics include problems with DIY assisted conception; the lack of reform in respect of the regulation of surrogacy arrangements; and mitochondrial DNA transfer.

As a review of the status of assisted reproduction legislation, this book will be of great use and interest to students, researchers and practitioners in medical law, bioethics, medicine and child welfare.

Table of Contents

1. Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and Embryology, Kirsty Horsey 2. From need "for a father" to need "for supportive parenting": changing conceptualisations of the welfare of the child following assisted reproductive technology in the United Kingdom, Eric Blyth 2. The Law and DIY Assisted Conception, Emily Jackson 3. Prisoners’ Access to Fertility Services, Helen Codd 4. Thinking outside the (egg) box: Egg-share agreements, cord blood and ‘benefits-in-kind’, Karen Devine 5. PGD Past, Present and Future: Is the HFE Act ‘Fit for Purpose’? , Jeanne Snelling and Colin Gavaghan 6. The ‘Two-mother’ Misnomer: Mitochondrial DNA Transfer Under the HFE Act, Laura Riley 7. The Fertility Treatment Time Forgot: What Should be Done About Surrogacy in the UK?, Kirsty Horsey and Katia Neofytou 8. Access to Genetic and Biographical History in Donor Conception: An Analysis of Recent Trends and Future Possibilities, Eric Blyth and Lucy Frith 9. Compensating reproductive harms in the regulation of 21st century assisted conception, Antony Blackburn-Starza 10. ‘A less than perfect law’: The unfulfilled promise of Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act, Pamela White 11. The regulation of PGD for medical sex selection and the gendering of disability in the UK and Australia, Isabel Karpin 12. New wine in old bottles and old wine in new bottles: The judicial response to international commercial surrogacy in the United Kingdom and Australia, Anita Stuhmcke

About the Author

Kirsty Horsey is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Kent, UK.

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 / Medical Law & Legislation
LAW / Science & Technology