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Perfecting Pregnancy Law, Disability, and the Future of Reproduction
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Perfecting Pregnancy Law, Disability, and the Future of Reproduction

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Published Jan 2014 (Cambridge) Manufactured on demand; supplied direct from printer.
ISBN: 9780521758390. Soft Cover.

Prenatal and preimplantation testing technologies have offered unprecedented access to information about the genetic and congenital makeup of our prospective progeny. Future developments such as preconception testing, non-intrusive prenatal testing and more extensive preimplantation testing promise to increase that access further still. 

The result may be greater reproductive choice, but it also increases the burden on women and men to avail themselves of these technologies in order to avoid having a child with a disability. The overwhelming question for legislators has been whether and, if so, how to regulate the use of these technologies in the face of compelling but seemingly contradictory claims about the advancement of reproductive choice and the dangers of eugenic or discriminatory effects. 

This book examines the evolution of this legislative oversight across a number of jurisdictions and explores the tensions and ambiguities that inform these laws. 

  • Provides a comprehensive comparative legal analysis of laws around prenatal testing and abortion and PGD 
  • Provides a general account of laws regulating prenatal testing and PGD in Canada, the USA, NZ and several European jurisdictions 
  • Draws on original empirical research including interviews with regulators and clinicians in Australia

Table of Contents 

1. Disability 

2. Risk 

3. Terminations 

4. De-selections 

5. Interpretations 

6. Futures. 

Isabel Karpin, University of Technology, Sydney 

Isabel Karpin is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney. 

Kristin Savell, University of Sydney 

Kristin Savell is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.

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