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Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy

By: Erin Nelson
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Published: 04-07-2013
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 448
ISBN: 9781841138671
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy

Reproductive choices are at once the most private and intimate decisions we make in our lives and undeniably also among the most public. Reproductive decision making takes place in a web of overlapping concerns - political and ideological, socio-economic, health and health care - all of which engage the public and involve strongly held opinions and attitudes about appropriate conduct on the part of individuals and the state.

Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy examines the idea of reproductive autonomy, noting that in attempting to look closely at the contours of the concept, we begin to see some uncertainty about its meaning and legal implications - about how to understand reproductive autonomy and how to value it. Both mainstream and feminist literature about autonomy contribute valuable insights into the meaning and implications of reproductive autonomy. The developing feminist literature on relational autonomy provides a useful starting point for a contextualised conception of reproductive autonomy that creates the opportunity for meaningful exercise of reproductive choice. With a contextualised approach to reproductive autonomy as a backdrop, the book traces aspects of the regulation of reproduction in Canadian, English, US and Australian law and policy, arguing that not all reproductive decisions necessarily demand the same level of deference in law and policy, and making recommendations for reform.

Table Of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Reproductive Autonomy in Theory
3 Theory to Practice: Respecting Reproductive Autonomy
4 Law, Policy and Contraception
5 Abortion
6 Law, Medicine and Pregnancy: Maternal Liability and Intervention in the Lives of Pregnant Women
7 Law, Medicine and Pregnancy: Provider Liability for Pre-natal Torts
8 Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Governance and Access to Treatment
9 Assisted Reproduction: Reproductive Materials and Reproductive Services, and Parentage after ART Treatment
10 Conclusion


“Throughout the book Nelson's claims and analysis are backed up by so much research and data as to be highly convincing. With a very impressive bibliography to round things off, this book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in any aspect of the regulation of human reproduction, assisted or otherwise, not least because it ties together so many strands (from surrogacy to wrongful birth, access to contraception to gamete donation) with a united theoretical framework.” –  Kirsty Horsey, Medical Law Review

“... a detailed analysis of contemporary meanings of reproductive autonomy.

The comparative approach in this book, drawing on legal and regulatory developments and debates in the UK, the US, Canada and Australia, will make the book essential reading for those interested in this complex area.

... [the book provides] rich and thoughtful analyses of the contemporary meanings of health rights [and deserves] a wide readership from those interested in law, human rights, health law, and policy.

” –  Belinda Bennett, Sydney Law Review, Volume 36, 2014

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