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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.125) 7 Reasons to Regulate

(p.125) 7 Reasons to Regulate

(p.125) 7 Reasons to Regulate
The New Kinship

Naomi Cahn

NYU Press

This chapter underscores the importance of developing a new framework that focuses on family and personhood in the assisted reproductive technology (ART) world; these foundational issues are currently muffled by laws devoted to medicine and technology. It first explains why the law should step in, arguing for the promotion of two distinct goals: (1) to support the creation of connections among donor-conceived family communities; and (2) to promote safety and improved medical testing, including to protect against accidental incest. It then discusses how the law can play a significant role in changing the donor world before articulating the outlines of a new paradigm. It argues that the law should respond at two critical points: first, it should clarify the legal relationships among donors, recipients, and offspring; and second, it should facilitate connections among donor-conceived families who share the same genetic heritage.

Keywords:   assisted reproductive technology, donor families, fertility industry regulation, accidental incest, family, personhood

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