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Deconstructing The Family

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/9780199219780.003.0008
Deconstructing The Family

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This chapter explores the ways in which reproductive technologies have affected assumptions about the family. The impact of donor conception is discussed, and the idea that a child has a right to know its genetic parents is considered. The chapter highlights the fact that some technologies could give rise to children with genetic material from three adults, and ask whether any or all of these would be considered parents. The UK's HFE Act and the welfare of the child clause is discussed in the context of family structure. The relationship between unconventional family setups and disadvantaged or damaged children is explored, and the politicization of this debate is highlighted.

Keywords: HFE Act; welfare of the child clause; same sex parents; gamete donation

Chapter.  10110 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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