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Law and BioethicsCurrent Legal Issues Volume 11$
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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545520.001.0001

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Regulating the Reproductive Revolution: Ectogenesis—A Regulatory Minefield?

Regulating the Reproductive Revolution: Ectogenesis—A Regulatory Minefield?

(p.303) 17 Regulating the Reproductive Revolution: Ectogenesis—A Regulatory Minefield?
Law and Bioethics

Amel Alghrani

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the complex myriad of legal and ethical questions raised by ectogenesis. It describes how ectogenesis may arrive much sooner than anticipated and discusses how we already have a form of ectogenesis in the neonatal ward. The discussion is split into two parts; the first part examines partial ectogenesis, whereby conception and gestation initially take place within the woman's body, but at some point during the pregnancy the foetus is transferred to an ectogenic device for the remaining gestation period. The parallel situation of how ectogenesis has the potential to increase the reproductive choices of women who may want to end their pregnancy but not the life of the foetus is then considered. The second part focuses on complete ectogenesis, whereby a foetus is created outside a woman's body (via IVF) and then immediately transferred into an artificial womb where it is gestated for the entire forty-week period.

Keywords:   bioethics, ectogenesis, reproduction, regulation, legislation

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