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Laws Affecting Genetic Services

  • Dorothy C. Wertz
  • John C. Fletcher
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 17)

Abstract

In Austra lia there are eight state/territorial jurisdictions, in addition to a federal jurisdiction. Laws affecting genetic services are, in general, the province of state or territorial legislatures. As Australia is a common law jurisdiction, court rulings are an important part of the law. This is particularly important, as the legislatures are often unwilling to legislate on areas that are overtly controversial. For example, the provisions of the New South Wales Crimes Act relating to abortion (Sections 82–83) have remained unchanged since they were enacted in 1900; changes in the legal attitude toward abortion have come about through a series of court rulings.

Keywords

Genetic Testing Prenatal Diagnosis Genetic Service Penal Code Court Ruling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy C. Wertz
    • 1
  • John C. Fletcher
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts Medical School and Shriver CenterWalthamUSA
  2. 2.University of Virginia School of MedicineCharlottesvilleUSA

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