Seminar: Law and Assisted Human Reproduction

Seminar: Law and Assisted Human Reproduction

Humanities and Medicine Lunchtime Seminar Series
 
Thursday April 4, 2019
13:00-14:00, IWAMD Conference Room
 
 
Dr Lydia Bracken (School of Law, UL)
“Law and Assisted Human Reproduction”
 
 
This seminar, which concludes the series for the academic year 2018/2019, considers the relationship between reproductive liberty and children’s rights in the context of determining access to assisted human reproduction (AHR). Discussion of the relationship between these concepts evokes a polarised discourse between children’s rights proponents, who believe that the best interests of the child should act as a gatekeeper to AHR, and autonomy advocates, who argue that the best interests assessment interferes with the individual’s decisional privacy and negative liberty. The competing arguments are examined to consider the appropriateness or otherwise of provisions in the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017 that, if enacted, would oblige fertility clinics to assess the best interests of the child before providing fertility treatment. The discussion also, perhaps, reveals deeper truths about how we as a society regard children, parentage and family decision making.