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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Birth Rights and Wrongs

My wonderful colleague Dov Fox has a new fascinating book out this week - Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law. The book looks at the fast-changing science and practices of reproduction and examine what happens when mistakes are made - tests are misread, labs mess up IVF, doctors make wrong calls. Dov is a leader in the field and the book is sure to become central in any discussion about reproduction. It has already been receiving glowing reviews which you can read here. A must-read - I highly recommend it!

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From the cover:

Millions of Americans rely on the likes of birth control, IVF, and genetic testing to make plans as intimate and far-reaching as any they ever make. This is no less than the medicine of miracles. It fills empty cradles, frees families from terrible disease, and empowers them to fashion their lives on their own terms. But every year, thousands of accidents happen: Pharmacists mix up pills. Lab techs misread tests. Obstetricians tell women their healthy fetuses would be stillborn...

The book sets forth a new way of thinking and talking about reproductive interests and injuries in law and life. We’re used to blaming randomness or cosmic injustice when we don’t get the child we want, or when we get the one we don’t. And yet cutting-edge interventions promise to deliver us from the vagaries of natural conception and the genetic lottery. Sometimes things don’t work out—but that’s no reason to turn a blind eye when bad behavior seriously impairs efforts to avoid, pursue, and shape procreation. Failed abortions, lost embryos, and switched donors may be first-world problems. But these aren’t innocent lapses or harmless errors. They’re wrongs in need of rights.

Posted by Orly Lobel on May 21, 2019 at 12:31 AM | Permalink


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