This title analyses the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and considers the wide-ranging legal, ethical, medical, moral and social arguments deployed in Parliament in favour of and opposing controversial amendments to the 1990 Act.
The book explores in detail the provisions of the 2008 Act focussing on a number of key areas including:
The removal of the need for a father provision
Creation of saviour siblings
Permitting the creation of human admixed embryos (embryos containing both human and animal material)
Abortion law reform
Analysis/consideration of the potential impact of the 2008 Act for the newly regulated areas of science
Seamus Burns is a solicitor and senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.
Introduction; PART 1 Human Admixed Embryos: New Eden or Manufactured Humanity?: Frankenstein Humanity - Promethean Hubris?; House of Lords Debate; House of Commons Debates; PART 2 Saviour Siblings - Commodifying Life?: Saviour Siblings; Ethical Issues; House of Lords Debates; House of Commons Debates; New Beginnings - New Law?; PART 3 Welfare of the Child versus the Wishes or Whims of the Parents: Welfare of the Child in 2012; The Common Law Response: Case Law on the 'Welfare of the Child' and Suitability of Parents; House of Commons Debates; House of Lords Debates; PART 4 The Case for Abortion Reform: The Abortion Controversy; PART 5 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 - The New Order of Parents: The Birth of the New Parenthood Regime; Naming but not Shaming?; PART 6 The Impact of Human Rights: Human Rights and Reproductive Medicine; ECHR Square Pegs in Common Law Round Holes; PART 7 The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority - Fit for Purpose in 2012?: Warnock: The Ethical Compass; The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 - the Birth of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; Changes to the HFEA following the 2008 Act; PART 8 The Lottery of Certain Lives: The Lottery of Accessing Assisted Reproduction; PART 9 Randomness Rejected?: Sex Selection under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008; PART 10 In Search of the Best Ethical Compass: The Role of Parliament: Our Ethical Compass; The View of the House of Lords; The Case for an Alternative Ethical Forum; Stem Cell Research in the United States: the Ethical Civil War Battlelines Redrawn?; European Union and Research on Embryonic Stem Cells - the Door Closes?; Conclusion.