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Gatekeeping parenthood : should the state play a role in determining eligibility criteria for assisted reproductive treatment?

Allan, Sonia 2012, Gatekeeping parenthood : should the state play a role in determining eligibility criteria for assisted reproductive treatment?, Family law review, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 149-163.

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Title Gatekeeping parenthood : should the state play a role in determining eligibility criteria for assisted reproductive treatment?
Author(s) Allan, Sonia
Journal name Family law review
Volume number 2
Issue number 3
Start page 149
End page 163
Total pages 15
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1837-8757
Keyword(s) assisted reproductive treatment
eligibility
parents
Summary The use of assisted reproductive treatment to conceive a child provides the opportunity for the state and/or medical practitioners to play a role in deciding who should or should not become a parent. This article explores the primary criteria used to "screen" people wishing to use assisted reproductive treatment and to exclude them from treatment in some circumstances. It argues that idiosyncratic judgment or general legal presumptions against treatment are not satisfactory, as they are unlikely to predict whether the best interests of a child born as a result of assisted reproductive treatment will be compromised. Rather, such judgments may serve to be discriminatory, and are often misinformed. The author suggests that the law and society should rather serve to support children and parents in need, and to protect existing children from actual suffering or risks of harm.
Language eng
Field of Research 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Thomson Reuters
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047302

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Business and Law
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