Since 1978, the beginning of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) has changed the lives of many people who have been enabled to choose to have children whom ‘nature’ might have denied them.
Gamete donation and surrogacy has opened the door to new ways of founding and shaping families. Children may be born with two or three mothers, two fathers, or simply one single parent. The law has struggled to keep up with medical science and the extension of choices in reproduction has not met with universal approval. Should the law focus on the welfare of the child to be born? And what legal changes should be made in the way that family law responds to reproductive choices?
Professor Brazier will examine and discuss how reproductive medicine has changed families, for good or for ill.