Legal Regulation of Artificial Insemination and the New Reproductive Technologies

The Search for Clarification Continues
  • Joseph M. HealeyJr.

Abstract

Concerns about the legal aspects of the new reproductive technologies—artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and ovum and zygote transfer—are part of the continuing public and professional discussions about what our societal policy toward these technologies ought to be. The concerns are many and varied and include the desirability and availability of the technologies and the potential liability of those who use them. The desire for a clarification of legal responsibility is especially fueled by a heightened fear of liability, which has contributed to the pressure for straightforward legal answers and for a clear, comprehensive public policy dealing with these technologies. Lawyers know all too well the impatient cries of “Tell us the law, not philosophy.” With respect to one of the technologies, artificial insemination with donor sperm (AID), the search for legal answers during the past two decades has produced a substantial body of law. Yet, even in this area, many gaps remain. More important, there has not emerged a clear public-policy framework within which alternative forms of reproduction can be evaluated. Though this lack of a framework is frustrating to those who want clear legal answers, it is not unexpected and is not entirely bad.

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Stake Clarification Fami 

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© Aubrey Milunsky and George J. Annas 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph M. HealeyJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Community MedicineUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineFarmingtonUSA

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