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Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and Embryology

Edited by: Kirsty Horsey

ISBN13: 9781138021891
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 was a major update to the UK’s laws on the use reproductive technology and regulation of assisted reproduction.

This was legislation which, according to the minister responsible, would ‘ensure that the law remains effective and fit for purpose in the early 21st century’. 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 with a view to publishing recommendations.

This book critically evaluates the recent developments, asking whether the Act has achieved the stated aim of being ‘fit for purpose’ or, if not, what should be done to improve it.

The book looks at various aspects of the law and ethics of human fertilisation and embryology and topics covered include:-

  • problems with DIY assisted conception;
  • attribution of legal parenthood in cases of surrogacy;
  • mitochondrial DNA transfer;
  • as well as chapters which compare the UK’s regulation to the situation in Canada and Australia.
It brings together a range of experts in order to evaluate 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.

Subjects:
Medical Law
Contents:
1. Introduction, Kirsty Horsey
2. ‘Thinking outside the (egg) box: egg-sharing, cord blood and ‘benefits in kind’', Karen Devine
3. Abortion, Disability and Discrimination: Gender and Disability at the Edge of Debate, Nicky Priaulx
4. From need "for a father" to need "for supportive parenting": Changing conceptions of the welfare of the child in assisted conception in the United Kingdom, Eric Blyth
5. Problems with DIY assisted conception, Emily Jackson
6. Compensating harms resulting from assisted reproductive technologies, Antony Blackburn-Starza
7. ‘Pre-negotiating parenthood in the context of surrogacy: a look beyond the UK', Julie McCandless
8. ‘Single-minded – how the law fails deliberate single parents using ART', Kirsty Horsey
9. The ‘two-mother’ misnomer: mitochondrial DNA transfer under the HFE Act, Laura Riley
10. Prisoners’ access to fertility services, Helen Codd
11. Unfulfilled promise of a pan-Canadian assisted human reproduction legislative regime, Pamela White
12. ‘Neither Fish nor Fowl’? The Regulation of Surrogacy in Australia, Anita Stuhmcke
13. Access to Genetic and Biographical History in Donor Conception: An Analysis of Recent Trends and Future Possibilities, Eric Blyth and Lucy Smith
14. PGD Past, Present and Future: is the HFE Act ‘fit for purpose’?, Colin Gavaghan and Jeanne Snelling
15. PGD – an Australian perspective, Isabel Karpin
16. Inequalities in IVF funding, Sarah Norcross