Saviour Siblings and the Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technology: Harm, Ethics and Law

Smith, Malcolm K. (2015) Saviour Siblings and the Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technology: Harm, Ethics and Law. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey.

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Abstract

Advances in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) have been revolutionary. This book focuses on the use of ARTs in the context of families who seek to conceive a matching sibling donor as a source of tissue to treat an existing sick child. Such children have been referred to as ‘saviour siblings’. Considering the legal and regulatory frameworks that impact on the accessibility of this technology in Australia and the UK, the work analyses the ethical and moral issues that arise from the use of the technology for this specific purpose.

The author claims the only justification for limiting a family’s reproductive liberty in this context is where the exercise of reproductive decision-making results in harm to others. It is argued that the harm principle is the underlying feature of legislative action in Western democratic society, and as such, this principle provides the grounds upon which a strong and persuasive argument is made for a less-restrictive regulatory approach in the context of ‘saviour siblings’.

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ID Code: 89296
Item Type: Book
Keywords: Saviour Sibling, Assisted Reproductive Technology, ART, Harm Principle, IVF, HLA typing, preimplantation tissue typing, PGD, embryo selection technologies
ISBN: 9781409460961
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 > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2015 22:43
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 21:22

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