Genetic technologies and the regulation of reproductive decision-making in Australia

Karpin, Isabel & Bennett, Belinda (2006) Genetic technologies and the regulation of reproductive decision-making in Australia. Journal of Law and Medicine, 14(1), pp. 127-134.

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This article provides a critical analysis of the current Australian regulatory landscape at the interface between genetics and reproductive decision- making. The authors argue that a comparative analysis with other countries and international law and a contextual examination of the way law regulates concepts such as disease and health, abnormality and normality is necessary before we can develop appropriate policy and legislative responses in this area. Specific genetic testing technologies are considered including prenatal genetic testing, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and inheritable genetic modification. An increasing number of members of the Australian community are using genetic testing technologies when they decide to have a baby. The authors argue that as concepts of disease and health vary among members of the community and the potential to test for traits other than illness increases, a new tension arises between an ethic of individual choice and a role for government in regulating reproductive decision-making.

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ID Code: 71264
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1320-159X
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 2006 Thomson Legal and Regulatory
Deposited On: 08 May 2014 23:38
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 05:37

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