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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.1) Introduction

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The New Kinship

Naomi Cahn

NYU Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book looks at the families/relationships conceived through donors, and documents these newly developing connections. It proposes a legal basis for the development of these new communities, exploring what it would mean for the law to consider and support these different sites for forming familial relationships. It explains why we should support the new kinship. The book is grounded firmly in the importance of family: donor-conceived people are created to expand or create families, which consist of people (not genes). Consequently, the law needs to shift its focus away from medicine and technology and toward family and constitutional law. The fertility industry, because it is ultimately about creating families, must be subjected to laws that regulate people, not things. Finally, in thinking through the issues in the donor world, the book shows how donor families both reinforce and complicate the meaning of family, offering lessons for all families by questioning what makes a family.

Keywords:   donor families, sperm donors, egg donors, family, familial relationships, kinship, fertility industry

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