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FROM NYU PRESS : Test Tube Families Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation Naomi R. Cahn

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Test Tube Families
Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation
Naomi R. Cahn
288 pages
1 illustration
January, 2009
ISBN: 9780814716823
Table of Contents
$35.00 Cloth
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“Professor Cahn proposes some useful reforms. Her proposals include legal consistency, particularly over the identity of donor conceived children and the rights of parents; transparency; a requirement to test gametes for serious genetic conditions; the provision of counseling to ‘consumers’; and restrictions on the number of donations by any one donor.”
-Bio News

“In her historical and contemporary analysis of legal regulation in each of these areas, she weaves erudite yet accessible translations of law, vivid depictions of cases, and personal insights to portray an industry critically in need of oversight.”
-New England Journal of Medicine

“This thoughtful and compelling book unveils the complexities of the gamete industry . . . Cahn writes in a manner that is engaging, entertaining and, to be honest, transforming.”
-Adoption Quarterly

“In her careful and detailed analysis, Cahn builds a lawyerly case for comprehensive federal and state laws governing infertility treatment and establishing the legal rights and obligations of everyone involved in the process.”
-Bitch Magazine

“Cahn’s case for a uniform, federal legal code is compelling and vivid.”
-Publishers Weekly

“In describing the lengths to which people will go in order to produce a biological child, Cahn is both respectful of this very human desire and sensitive to the ethical and legal issues that result . . . That she also writes in accessible prose makes this a valuable text.”

“Cahn argues that a distinction can be made, albeit very carefully, between reproductive privacy and public-health concerns.”
-Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times

“I would highly recommend this book as a valuable contribution to the existing literature on donor conception issues. Cahn provides thorough and balanced insights into the paradoxes between the science, the business, the humanity and the legalities of the donor conception industry. This book will be important for those working in the mental health or legal arenas of infertility. For parents, parents-to-be, donors and the donor conceived, this will be a valuable resource for understanding these legal complexities.”
-Wendy Kramer, Cofounder and Director of the Donor Sibling Registry

"Cahn explores the relationships that underpin artificial reproductive technology: parenting, donating, and becoming (those who are the children brought to life through this process). . . . Much about assisted reproduction are the relationships that are fostered and challenged by the use of the technology, whether donor to potential parent, potential parent to state, surrogate to intended mother, or embryo to clinic, and after it is all ‘done,’ child to parent.”
-Michele Goodwin, author of Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts

“Cahn’s new book provides a comprehensive critique of the collective practices that gather under the rubric of assisted reproductive technologies. Injecting both professional and personal insights, Cahn’s advocacy for increased regulation and decreased secrecy within the behemoth infertility industry are delivered with empirical assuredness and linguistic eloquence. At last, an informed and erudite look at family formation whose preferred solutions to vexing concerns will have wide appeal in a field not traditionally known for consensus.”
-Judith Daar, author of Reproductive Technologies and the Law

“A much-needed, thorough, and fair-minded account of the legal history around ART and of the legal way forward for all our evolving families. As our society embraces the opportunities that fertility technology offers, Cahn makes sense of the complex field of issues that emerge and provides a feminist perspective on how best to define and protect the interests of gamete donors, of parents and of children.”
-Elizabeth Gregory, author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood

“Cahn’s case for a uniform, federal legal code is compelling and vivid.”
-Publishers Weekly Web Exclusive

Test Tube Families makes an important contribution to the discourse about new ways of making families and the technology that facilitates family formation. Cahn lays out salient considerations for regulation of a still burgeoning field, which take into account the fluidity of technology, politics, and cultural attitudes.”
-The Journal Of Clinical Investigation

Test Tube Families provides a legally and personally informed account of the complex and difficult issues surrounding new reproductive technologies. . .It Balances Cahn’s comprehensive look at the legal history and the current laws governing artificial reproductive technology with a thorough analysis of the business and cultural issues that emerge from the technology.”
-Law Library Journal

Test Tube Families proposes sweeping legal reforms that would empower the federal government to mandate ART procedures. . .you might be cheered by the hope that regulating the ART industry might at least help prevent more such reality TV shows.”
-California Lawyer

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