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Assisted reproduction on treacherous terrain: the legal hazards of cross-border reproductive travel.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21962773     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The growing phenomenon of cross-border reproductive travel has four significant legal dimensions. First, laws that ban or inhibit access to assisted reproductive procedures in one country lead patients and physicians to travel to other countries to acquire, to contribute to or to provide assisted reproductive services. Such laws may include provisions that criminalize those who assist or advise patients to undertake such travel. Second, the law may expressly criminalize crossing borders to obtain, to be a donor for or to perform certain procedures. Third, the law may interfere with the ultimate goal of reproductive travellers by refusing to recognize them as the parents of the child they have crossed borders to conceive. Finally, facilitating cross-border reproductive travel may expose physicians, attorneys and brokers to malpractice or other civil liability. This article explores these legal dimensions of cross-border reproductive care and uses the legal doctrines of proportionality, extraterritoriality and comity to assess the legality and normative validity of governmental efforts to curb or limit assisted reproductive practices.
Richard F Storrow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-07-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Reproductive biomedicine online     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1472-6491     ISO Abbreviation:  Reprod. Biomed. Online     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-07     Completed Date:  2012-03-06     Revised Date:  2012-09-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101122473     Medline TA:  Reprod Biomed Online     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  538-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
School of Law, City University of New York, Flushing, NY 11367, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Crime / legislation & jurisprudence*
Government Regulation*
Internationality / legislation & jurisprudence*
Liability, Legal*
Medical Tourism / legislation & jurisprudence*
Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / legislation & jurisprudence*
Comment In:
Reprod Biomed Online. 2011 Dec;23(7):811-3   [PMID:  22056635 ]

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