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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.49) 3 Creating Families

(p.49) 3 Creating Families
The New Kinship

Naomi Cahn

NYU Press

This chapter explores the type of new kinship that is created through the use of third-party gametes: the one created between parent and child and, in two-parent families, the development of new connections between partners who must now see themselves as parents as well as intimate partners. Having a child changes the relationship between the parents, so, when a donor-conceived family is created, not only does this form a new parent–child relationship, but it also can transform the bonds between the parents. The first part of the chapter explores donor-gamete shopping as a way of appreciating the complicated status of genes. The second part examines how gametes from a third party can foster ties between a family.

Keywords:   donor families, kinship, donors, parents, children, parent–child relationship, gametes

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