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The New KinshipConstructing Donor-Conceived Families$
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Naomi R. Cahn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772034

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772034.001.0001

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(p.137) 8 Regulating for Connection

(p.137) 8 Regulating for Connection

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(p.137) 8 Regulating for Connection
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The New Kinship
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Naomi Cahn

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814772034.003.0009

Most donor-conceived people are interested in learning more about the donor and any half-siblings who were conceived through use of the same donor. There are numerous issues as well as potential approaches to the question of how to promote these connections. This chapter discusses two different types of solutions: one set of proposals facilitates donor-conceived families finding each other; and a second concerns legal links, or the possibility of more formal legal recognition, between families through, for example, expansion of coverage of family and medical leave laws. These new forms of regulation are part of the paradigm shift away from viewing donor-conceived families and their communities as scientific and medical constructs and instead viewing them as relational entities.

Keywords:   donor-conceived families, legal recognition, regulation, relational entities, family

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