The Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction: Arrogance, Avarice and Anguish, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction

Arrogance, Avarice and Anguish, 1st Edition

By Browne Lewis


164 pages

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Posthumous reproduction refers to the procedure that enables a child to be conceived using the gametes of a dead person. Advances in reproductive technology mean it is now possible to assist in creating a life after you die, and in recent years the number of women who have attempted to get pregnant using posthumous reproduction has increased. However, the law in many jurisdictions has not put regulations in place to deal with the ethical and legal consequences that arise as a result of posthumous reproduction.

This is the first book to exclusively focus on posthumous reproduction. The book comprehensively explores the legal and ethical issues surrounding posthumous reproduction in a number of jurisdictions including the US, Israel, the UK and France. The book looks at a number of issues including: ascertaining the wishes of the dead and protecting the reproductive rights of men who have deposited frozen sperm in clinics prior to their deaths; cases involving people who want to acquire fresh sperm from deceased or incompetent men and determining who should have the right to accept the sperm; identifying the parents of the posthumously conceived child; and discussing the need to promote the best interests of the child. The book critically examines the current laws that are in place and proposes additional regulations and policies in order to effectively regulate posthumous reproduction.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Frozen Sperm (Thaw It Out or Throw It Out?) 1. Acknowledging the Wishes of the Dead 2. Ascertaining the Wishes of the Dead Part 2: Fresh Sperm (Extract and Release?) 3.Acquiring the Sperm 4. Accepting the Sperm Part 3: The Child 5. Adjudicating the Parents 6. Allocating Financial Support Part 4: The Balance 7. Assuring that the Reproductive Rights of the Dead Man Are Protected 8. Advocating for the Best Interest of the Posthumously Conceived Child

About the Author

Browne Lewis is the Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law and Director, Center for Health Law & Policy at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, USA.

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 / Medical Law & Legislation
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy