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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 chapter considers the cost barrier to using assisted reproductive technology, with particular emphasis on the jurisprudential and practical issues surrounding the commodification of sperm, eggs, and embryos. It explores how questions relating to commodification—for example, price, market access, safety of gametes, and sale of children—are intertwined with regulation of the resulting relationships, such as whether sperm donors can assert parental rights or whether children will be able to learn the identity of their donors. The discussion begins with an overview of the market in gametes and proceeds by focusing on commodification anxiety and how it hinders the need to regulate the process of gamete transfer. The chapter also explores various options for controlling the commodification of gametes.

Keywords:   cost barrier, assisted reproductive technology, commodification, sperm, eggs, embryos, gametes, children, sperm donors, gamete transfer

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