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Test Tube FamiliesWhy the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation$
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Naomi R. Cahn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814716823

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814716823.001.0001

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Test Tube Families

Naomi R. Cahn

NYU Press

This book has explored the legal system governing reproductive technologies and how it has responded to a host of issues pertaining to parenthood, disclosure of children's identity, and marketization. It has considered cases that illustrate the types of transactions and arrangements that the law should facilitate as well as the need for legal default rules to help people structure their transactions and to provide a safety mechanism should these transactions fail. To conclude, the book argues that we need to recognize the consequences of the current structure and develop new policy options for all involved in the reproductive technology market from the recipients to sperm donors, industry, and children. It proposes a cohesive and coherent approach that addresses the market, parentage, and identity disclosure while allocating regulatory responsibility among the federal and state governments and industry groups.

Keywords:   reproductive technologies, parenthood, identity, marketization, reproductive technology market, sperm donors, children, identity disclosure

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