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Conception and the irrelevance of the welfare principle

Jackson, Emily (2002) Conception and the irrelevance of the welfare principle. Modern Law Review, 65 (2). pp. 176-203. ISSN 0026-7961

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-2230.00374


This article challenges the assumption that their future children's welfare is a relevant consideration when deciding whether to provide a person with assisted conception services. It does not argue that infertility treatment ought to be available as of right. Rather, this article's proposal is that section 13(5) – which specifies that no-one shall receive assistance with conception unless account has first been taken of the welfare of any child who might be born – should be deleted from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. Extending the 'welfare principle' to decisions taken prior to a child's conception is shown to be unjust, meaningless and inconsistent with existing legal principle.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2002 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Divisions: Law
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2008 15:15
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 12:49

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