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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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Challenging and Creating Kinship

(p.181) Conclusion
The New Kinship

Naomi Cahn

NYU Press

This chapter summarizes the book's main themes and presents some final thoughts. This book explored donor-conceived families and suggested a paradigm shift toward regulating these families and their communities. The law must adapt to these new families in two basic ways. First, these relationships must find a home within family law in addition to their current home within health law. Second, the traditional focus in family law on relationships and on a child's best interests should replace the existing medicalized focus on patients' interests in the donor world. While the simple biological relationship should not necessarily entitle members to privileges or state support of the relationships within traditional family law doctrine, it should entitle members to state regulation based on fairness and other important goods at stake.

Keywords:   donor-conceived families, family law, regulation, law reform, health law, state regulation

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