Editorial: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

Knight, Christine & Smith, Malcolm K. (2013) Editorial: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. New Genetics & Society, 32(2), pp. 107-118.

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Abstract

This editorial first describes the workshop out of which the present special issue arose. The editors then identify the need for a multidisciplinary collection examining the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 from both legal and political perspectives, including the consultation process, campaigning and parliamentary debates leading to its passage, and the concluded legislation and its effects. The editorial provides an overview of the legislative reform process, key legislative changes, and the various contributions to the special issue. Cross-cutting themes include the value of a qualitative, discourse-based approach to research in this area; the need to understand the 2008 Act in historical context; unforeseen practical implications of the legislative provisions; and silences and missed opportunities in the legislation. Finally, a postscript covers the changing landscape of hybrid embryo research since the passage of the Act, and the uncertain future of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority at the time of writing.

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ID Code: 60264
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: assisted reproduction, IVF, embryo research, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, regulation, policy, law
DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2013.788354
ISSN: 1469-9915
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 27 May 2013 22:12
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:49

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