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Regulating Relations: Forming Families Inside and Outside Law's Reach

Start year:
2015

Summary:
Australia is wrestling with the complex challenges posed by the increase in cross border reproductive care. This project asks: what are the causes, and consequences of, Australians being excluded from, or choosing to evade, regulated assisted reproductive treatment? The research will identify barriers to the pathways into licensed assisted reproductive treatment and motivations for evasion of regulation through a series of interlinked case studies reflecting the life-cycle of family formation in assisted conception. The aim is to develop solutions for more responsive legal frameworks that encourage beneficial clinical and ethical practices and contain harmful ones through inclusion rather than exclusion.

Keywords:
assisted reproductive technology regulation, cross border reproductive care, ethical and clinical safeguards in fertility treatment