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
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
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.