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Private Lives and Public Policy—The Story of Diane Blood

Ruth Deech and Anna Smajdor

in From IVF to Immortality

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219780
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191713002 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219780.003.0006
Private Lives and Public Policy—The Story of Diane Blood

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The tension between individual reproductive desires and policy-making is explored in the context of Diane Blood's legal battle to use sperm obtained from her dying husband without his consent. The importance of obtaining consent before extracting sperm is assessed, and the question of whether dead or dying people have an interest in what happens to their gametes is explored. The relationship between these questions and the concept of dignity is briefly discussed, as well as the question of who should decide what is in a comatose patient's best interests. The role of the media in focussing on Mrs Blood's personal anguish rather than the public interest at stake at is also discussed.

Keywords: Diane Blood; consent; media; dignity

Chapter.  10478 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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