A New Dawn: Ectogenesis, Future Children and Reproductive Choice

Hammond-Browning, Natasha ORCID: 0000-0002-2371-2479 (2018) A New Dawn: Ectogenesis, Future Children and Reproductive Choice. Contemporary Issues in Law, 14 (4). pp. 349-373. ISSN 1357-0374

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Abstract

Medical technologies such as IVF, surrogacy, mitochondrial donation, PGD, gamete and embryo donation, and uterus transplants offer many different solutions to those who suffer with infertility, as well as providing options for having healthy children. There is a new reproductive choice on the distant horizon that is ectogenesis, ' ... commonly defined as the "extrauterine gestation of human fetuses from conception to 'birth' 1 although it could also entail artificial incubation of an embryo or fetus transferred from a woman's uterus after conception'".1 Put simply, ectogenesis involves developing a foetus wholly or partially outside· of a human body, for example, in an artificial uterus. Many feminists have argued that ectogenetic research should be pursued in order to revolutionise reproductive choice and services in order to liberate women from their reproductive role and from the expectations of a patriarchal and pronatalist society.2 In contrast, the aim of this article is. to contemplate and consider the implications of ectogenetic reproduction for future 'ecto-children', so as to generate debate about some of the hitherto neglected repercussions of this reproductive technology. For the purposes of this article, ectogenesis is approached as a technically possible method of reproduction.

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Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the author-produced PDF of an article, accepted for publication in Contemporary Issues in Law , following peer review. The Version of Record is available in Hammond-Browning, Natasha (2018) A New Dawn: Ectogenesis, Future Children and Reproductive Choice. Contemporary Issues in Law, 14 (4). pp. 349-373. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reproductive medicine; Law; Ectogenesis
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business and Technology > Accounting, Finance & Law
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Natasha Hammond-Browning
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2019 09:33
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 14:17
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6495

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