Assisted conception and surrogacy in the UK

Authored by: Emily Jackson

Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415640404
eBook ISBN: 9780203796221
Adobe ISBN: 9781134447534

10.4324/9780203796221.ch3_1

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Abstract

This chapter covers the regulation of assisted conception (such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and donor insemination) and surrogacy in the UK, which was a pioneer in both science and regulation. (For discussion of such regulation in Australia, see Chapter 3.2 of this book.) At the outset, it is worth noting that while most fertility treatment is rigorously regulated, surrogacy is hardly regulated at all. (For further discussions of surrogacy, see Chapters 2.8 (France), 3.2 and 7.1 of this book.) This difference is hard to explain and defend, given that surrogacy arrangements can raise issues that are at least as complicated as those raised when a couple undergoes IVF with their own sperm and eggs.

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