Reproductive Technology and Author Series!

On September 25 from 12:45-2, in the Cornell Seminar Room, Susan Apel will present The “Brave New World” of Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Modern Family.

Recent technologies have enabled people to form families in ways different from the traditional. In a nod to Aldous Huxley (and Shakepeare), some refer to these changes as a dystopian “brave new world,” while others laud the advances of science. As the debate continues, the law must deal every day with changes in family formation, and answer questions about assisted reproductive techonolgies, surrogacy, and the rights and responsibilities of parenthood. These new technologies have caused a legal tsunami, in which the law struggles to define what used to be, but are no longer, simple concepts: mother, father and child.

We have a few books on reproductive technology in the collection. A keyword search  “Assisted Reproductive Technology” in JULIEN returns 8 books.

The following caught my attention:

Test Tube Families: Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation by Noami Cahn  an attorney and a  “player in the fertility game” (Cahn used IVF to give birth to her daughter). In the book, the market for gametes, the creation of familial relations through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), and the identity interest of the resulting children is examined in relation to the law.

ART is not regulated by national law; some states do have statutes on the issue. Some jurisdictions have judicial decisions on various matters related to ART. Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Lawyers’ Guide to Emerging Law and Science is a collection of judicial decisions, statutes, and article related to the subject.

I did a keyword search for “infertility” and I thought the following ebooks was interesting

Infertility in the Modern World : Present and Future Prospects explores the cultural and biological impacts on fertility.  The book has three parts: Biomedical perspectives on fertility, environmental influences on fertility, and social perspectives on fertility. Download an ebook to your ereader for 14 days, or print 60 pages of an ebook.  Here are the completed directions related to accessing ebooks in the collection.

ART is a controversial and sensitive subject. I look forward to seeing you at Professor Apel’s lecture where we can learn more about the topic and engage in discussion as a community.

-Heidi