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Test Tube Families: Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation

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ISBN-10: 0814716822
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A lawyer who teaches family law at Georgetown Univ., Cahn (co-author, Contemporary Family Law) presents a fascinating look into the workings of reproductive law by exploring the complex process by which, for an increasing number of modern families, "biology, medicine, human determination, and the law bring babies into being." Artificial Reproductive Technology-in vitro fertilization, surrogate mothers-has become a multi-billion dollar industry that is, in the U.S., comparatively unregulated. Because family law differs across states, everything from the liability of fertility clinics to the rights of donors, donor children and the hopeful couples create a thicket of legal issues. Complicated contesting claims include a 2006 case in which an Ohio couple, James Flynn and Eileen Donich, sued their gestational carrier, Penn. resident Danielle Bimber, when she refused to give up her triplets. The case was tried in both states, and ultimately decided in favor of Flynn-the biological father-but not Donich, who was accorded no standing by the court. Cahn's case for a uniform, federal legal code is compelling and vivid. (Jan.).
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"Test Tube Families explores autonomy implicitly by examining the nature of relationships involved in the process of assisted conception using medical technology, and focusing on the reulatory environment in the USA."
-Hazel Biggs,Feminist Legal Studies

“In describing the lengths to which people will go in order to produce a biological child, Cahn is both respectful of this very human desire and sensitive to the ethical and legal issues that result . . . That she also writes in accessible prose makes this a valuable text.”

“Professor Cahn proposes some useful reforms. Her proposals include legal consistency, particularly over the identity of donor conceived children and the rights of parents; transparency; a requirement to test gametes for serious genetic conditions; the provision of counseling to ‘consumers’; and restrictions on the number of donations by any one donor.”-Bio News

“In her careful and detailed analysis, Cahn builds a lawyerly case for comprehensive federal and state laws governing infertility treatment and establishing the legal rights and obligations of everyone involved in the process.”
-Bitch Magazine

“In her historical and contemporary analysis of legal regulation in each of these areas, she weaves erudite yet accessible translations of law, vivid depictions of cases, and personal insights to portray an industry critically in need of oversight.”
-New England Journal of Medicine

"In the United States, there is a competitive market in human eggs provided for reproductive purposes.  An 'extraordinary' egg donor can earn as  much as $50,000 when she offers her eggs to an infertile couple.  In California, however, that same 'extraordinary' individual would receive nothing, aside from payment for her direct expenses, if she provided those same eggs for research purposes.  That could change soon." -Naomi Cahn and June Carbone,Los Angeles Times

“Cahn’s case for a uniform, federal legal code is compelling and vivid.”
-Publishers Weekly

“This thoughtful and compelling book unveils the complexities of the gamete industry . . . Cahn writes in a manner that is engaging, entertaining and, to be honest, transforming.”
-Adoption Quarterly


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