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Regulating Reproduction: Law, Technology and Autonomy

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Emily JacksonLecturer in Law, London School of Economics

ISBN13: 9781841130545
ISBN: 1841130540
Published: October 2001
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £30.00
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Providing a clear and accessible analysis of the various ways in which human reproduction is regulated, this is a comprehensive exposition of the law relating to birth control, abortion, pregnancy, childbirth, surrogacy and assisted conception. It also offers an exploration of some of the complex ethical dilemmas that emerge when one of the most intimate areas of human life is subjected to regulatory control. Throughout the book, two principal themes recur. First, particular emphasis is placed upon the special difficulties that arise in regulating new technological intervention in all aspects of the reproductive process. Second, the concept of reproductive autonomy is both interrogated and defended. This book offers an account of the complex relationships between law, technology and reproduction. It should be useful for lecturers and students taking medical law or ethics courses. It should also be of interest to anyone with a more general interest in women's bodies and the law, or with the profound regulatory consequences of new technologies.

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Medical Law
Part 1 In defence of reproductive autonomy.
Part 2 Birth control: introduction; regulating access to birth control - United Kingdom, developing countries; defective birth control - defective sterilisation, defective contraception; involuntary birth control - a brief history of eugenic sterilisation, compulsory birth control, sterilisation in cases of incapacity; conclusion.
Part 3 Abortion: introduction; the law; access to abortion; special problems - distinguishing between contraception and abortion, are some abortions morally ""worse"" than others?; conclusion.
part 4 Pregnancy and childbirth: introduction; regulation of prenatal care and obstetric services - access and accountability, the medicalisation of pregnancy and childbirth; forced caesarean sections; controlling pregnancy - third parties, ""maternal"" immunity, ""maternal"" liability; health promotion - employment, health promotion programmes; conclusion.
Part 5 Reproductive technologies: introduction; what is infertility?; what are reproductive technologies? - cryopreservation, assisted insemination by husband/partner, donor insemination, oocyte (egg) donation, in viro fertilisation, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, micromanipulation, cloning; critics of reproductive technologies - unnaturalness, child welfare arguments, the femnist critique; regulation in the UK - controlling the provision of treatment, regulating access, regulating the status and the use of gametes, regulating the status and use of the embryo, parentage, regulating new technologies; conclusion.
Part 6 Surrogacy: introduction; the law - commercialisation, status, acquiring legal parenthood, (non) regulation, reform; is surrogacy acceptable? - an option of last resort?, why don't ""they"" adopt instead?, harm to children?, risk of exploitation, commodification of reproduction; lessons from contract law; conclusion. Postscript.