The legality of tissue transplants for the benefit of family members in the UK and Australia : implications for saviour siblings

Then, Shih-Ning (2009) The legality of tissue transplants for the benefit of family members in the UK and Australia : implications for saviour siblings. Medical Law International, 10(1), pp. 23-64.

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The ethics of creating ‘saviour siblings’ for the benefit of another has received much attention, but little consideration has been given to the legal position of those saviours born who may be asked to provide tissue for transplantation to another during childhood. This article examines the ethical issues surrounding minor donation as well as the existing legal framework in the UK and Australia that regulates minors providing tissue for the benefit of another. Against this background the position of minor saviours, who are called upon to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells, is examined. This analysis suggests that the law does not provide sufficient protection for minor saviours who are called upon to donate to another. It is argued that specific ethical obligations are owed to saviours—that ought to be reflected in the law—in order to protect them from exploitation while they remain minors.

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ID Code: 27238
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: medical law, saviour sibling, tissue transplantation from minors, United Kingdom, Australia
DOI: 10.1177/096853320901000102
ISSN: 0968-5332
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 A B Academic Publishers
Deposited On: 06 Sep 2009 23:10
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:56

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