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Regulating Reproduction: Law, Technology and Autonomy

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Emily JacksonLecturer in Law, London School of Economics

ISBN13: 9781841133010
ISBN: 1841133019
Published: October 2001
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £21.00
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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
In defence of reproductive autonomy. 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. Abortion: introduction
the law
access to abortion
special problems - distinguishing between contraception and abortion
are some abortions morally "worse" than others?
conclusion. 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. Reproductive technologies: introduction
what is infertility?
what are reproductive technologies? - cryopreservation, assisted insemination by husband/partner, donor insemination, oocyte (egg) donation, "in vitro" fertilisation, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, micromanipulation, cloning
critics of reproductive technologies - unnaturalness, child welfare arguments, the feminist critique
regulation in the UK - controlling the provision of treatment, regulating access, regulating the status and use of gametes, regulating the status and use of the embryo, parentage, regulating new technologies
conclusion. 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.