The Law of Assisted Reproduction

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The Law of Assisted Reproduction, Second Edition examines the impact of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (HFEA 2008) and the ongoing controversial issues that surround it from legal, ethical, moral, social and medical points of view. It also examines the contribution of Parliament in fashioning the legal provisions in the amended legislation.

The second edition is updated to cover:
- Abortion controversy and the current law in England and Wales
- New case law on parentage of children born from IVF
- ECHR case law concerning embryo research and fertility treatment
- The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 - the birth of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
- The NHS IVF postcode lottery
- Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015
- The Supreme Court case (In the matter of an application by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for Judicial - Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 27) on NI abortion law compatibility with ECHR
- Sarah Ewart case
- Re Z (A Child: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: Parental Order)
- Parillo v Italy
- Re A and others (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act)
- Consideration of ECHR dimensions

The second edition also contains new chapters on:
- Abortion law developments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
- Controversies relating to fertility treatment, embryonic research and abortion
- Three parent Children-Mitochondrial Donation
- Consideration of the key changes to the Code of Practice, (9th Edition), January 2019

This is an essential title for practitioners in medical/healthcare law and ethics, as well as national and international law libraries and students.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Ongoing Controversies or Ethical Descents Down Slippery Slopes
PART 1 Human Admixed Embryos: New Eden or Manufactured Humanity?
Chapter 3: Frankenstein Humanity – Promethean Hubris?
Chapter 4: House of Lords Debate
Chapter 5: House of Commons Debates
Chapter 6: Two's company, but is three a crowd? – The Law and Ethics concerning mitochondrial donation and the creation of the 'Three-Parent Child' considered
PART 2 Saviour Siblings – Commodifying Life?
Chapter 7: Saviour Siblings
Chapter 8: Ethical Issues
Chapter 9: House of Lords Debates
Chapter 10: House of Commons Debates
Chapter 11: New Beginnings – New Law?
PART 3 Welfare of the Child versus the Wishes or Whims of the Parents
Chapter 12: Welfare of the Child in 2019
Chapter 13: The Common Law Response: Case Law on the 'Welfare of the Child' and Suitability of Parents
Chapter 14: House of Commons Debates
Chapter 15: House of Lords Debates
PART 4 The Case for Abortion Reform
Chapter 16: The Abortion Controversy
Chapter 17: Abortion – Northern Ireland
PART 5 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 – The New Order of Parents
Chapter 18: The Birth of the New Parenthood Regime
Chapter 19: Naming but not Shaming?
PART 6 The Impact of Human Rights
Chapter 20: Human Rights and Reproductive Medicine
Chapter 21: ECHR Square Pegs in Common Law Round Holes
PART 7 The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority – Fit for Purpose in 2019?
Chapter 22: Warnock: The Ethical Compass
Chapter 23: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 – the Birth of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Chapter 24: Changes to the HFEA following the 2008 Act
Chapter 25: New Flesh on the Dry Bones of the Law – The New Code of Practice 9th Edition, 2019 examined
PART 8 The Lottery of Certain Lives
Chapter 26: The Lottery of Accessing Assisted Reproduction
PART 9 Randomness Rejected?
Chapter 27: Sex Selection under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008
PART 10 Comparative Perspectives
Chapter 28: Stem Cell Research in the United States: the Ethical Civil War Battlelines Redrawn?
Chapter 29: European Union and Research on Embryonic Stem Cells – the Door Closes?
Part 11 In Search of the Best Ethical Compass
Chapter 30: The Role of Parliament: Our Ethical Compass
Chapter 31: The View of the House of Lords
Chapter 32: The Case for an Alternative Ethical Forum
Chapter 33: Conclusions

Product details

Published 04 Mar 2020
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 2nd
Extent 656
ISBN 9781526508201
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Seamus Burns

Seamus Burns is a solicitor and senior lecturer at…