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Joint reproductive autonomy: does Evans v Amicus Healthcare Ltd provide for a gender-neutral approach to assisted reproductive rights?

Allin, Michael (2015) 'Joint reproductive autonomy: does Evans v Amicus Healthcare Ltd provide for a gender-neutral approach to assisted reproductive rights?' Medico-Legal Journal, 83 (2). pp. 98-103.

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Abstract

Assisted reproductive technology encompasses methods of achieving pregnancy by artificial or partially artificial means. Whilst these methods are more commonly used by couples suffering from problems of infertility, some forms of assistance are employed by fertile couples, for example pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. The overall regulatory framework in the UK is predominantly found in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The usual rules relating to consent and autonomy apply and were discussed in depth in Evans v Amicus Healthcare Ltd and later in Evans v United Kingdom. This paper considers whether the Evans litigation envisages the possibility of further encouraging joint autonomy in the use of zygotes and whether there is a continuing right to autonomy by the party not bearing the pregnancy.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD United Kingdom and Ireland
ISSN: 00258172
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1177/0025817214554877
Depositing User: Michael Allin
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2015 08:42
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/20450

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