"The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 was a major update to the UK's laws on the use reproductive technology and regulation of assisted reproduction. This was legislation which, according to the minister responsible, would ensure that the law remains effective and fit for purpose in the early 21st century. Since the enactment of the new law, the sector's regulatory body, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), has also consulted on various related topics including barriers to egg and sperm donation in the UK, multiple births/single embryo transfer, and using IVF technology to prevent mitochondrial disease with a view to publishing recommendations. This book critically evaluates the recent developments, asking whether the Act has achieved the stated aim of being 'fit for purpose' or, if not, what should be done to improve it. The book looks at various aspects of the law and ethics of human fertilisation and embryology and topics covered include: problems with DIY assisted conception; attribution of legal parenthood in cases of surrogacy; mitochondrial DNA transfer; as well as chapters which compare the UK's regulation to the situation in Canada and Australia. It brings together a range of experts in order to evaluate the fresh risks and challenges emerging from both established and existing technologies and techniques in the field of human fertilisation and embryology, as well as offering valuable insights into the social and regulatory challenges that lie ahead."-- Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Revisiting the regulation of human fertilisation and embryology / Kirsty Horsey 2. From need "for a father" to need "for supportive parenting" : changing conceptualisations of the welfare of the child following assisted reproductive technology in the United kingdom / Eric Blyth 3. The law and DIY assisted conception / Emily Jackson 4. Prisoners' access to fertility services / Helen Codd 5. Thinking outside the (egg) box : egg-share agreements, cord blood and "benefits-in-kind" / Karen Devine 6. PGD past, present and future : is the HFE act 1990 "fit for purpose"? / Jeanne Snelling and Colin Gavaghan 7. The "three parents" misnomer : mitochondrial DNA transfer under the HFE act / Laura Riley 8. The fertility treatment time forgot : what should be done about surrogacy in the UK? / Kirsty Horsey and Katia Neofytou 9. Access to genetic and biographical history in donor conception : an analysis of recent trends and future possibilities / Eric Blyth and Lucy Frith 10. Compensating reproductive harms in the regulation of twenty-first century assisted conception / Antony Blackburn-Starza 11. 'A less than perfect law' : the unfulfilled promise of Canada's Assisted Human Reproduction Act / Pamela White 12. The regulation of PGD for medical sex selection and the gendering of disability in the UK and Australia / Isabel Karpin 13. New wine in old bottles and old wine in new bottles : the judicial response to international commercial surrogacy in the United Kingdom and Australia / Anita Stuhmcke.