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Mason and McCall Smith's Law and Medical Ethics

Mason and McCall Smith's Law and Medical Ethics (12th edn)

Anne-Maree Farrell and Edward S. Dove
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date: 26 February 2024

p. 52316. Assisted Reproductionlocked

p. 52316. Assisted Reproductionlocked

  • A. M. FarrellA. M. FarrellChair of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh
  •  and E. S. DoveE. S. DoveReader in Health Law and Regulation at the University of Edinburgh


This chapter discusses ethical and legal aspects of control of assisted reproduction in the UK. It begins with the regulation of assisted reproduction, including the creation, use, and disposal of gametes and embryos. Access to assisted reproduction technologies is examined, looking at artificial insemination and gamete donation more broadly. The chapter then goes on to consider the legal position of surrogacy and commercial surrogacy in particular, as well as the relationship between assisted reproduction and parenthood. Posthumous parenthood and also adoption are looked at, and the chapter then concludes by looking at embryo research and the future of assisted reproduction.

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