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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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The Laws of the Donor World

The Laws of the Donor World

Parents and Children

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The New Kinship

Naomi Cahn

NYU Press

This chapter deals with the laws governing donor-created families. Most states have laws that address who is defined as a parent in the donor world. The chapter first explores those definitions and the legal protections accorded to that status. On the other hand, there are few laws addressing any other aspect of donor family relationships; family and constitutional law from outside of the donor context provide potential analogies. Consequently, the chapter next examines more general laws affecting children, focusing on concepts of children's rights and sibling rights. It then suggests how this body of law might apply to donor sibling relationships. The underlying theme throughout the chapter is that there is relatively minimal regulation of donor family relationships, just as there is relatively minimal regulation of other aspects of reproductive technology.

Keywords:   donor families, family law, constitutional law, children's rights, sibling rights, donor family relationships, reproductive technology

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