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Book review: Surrogacy: Law, Practice and Policy in England and Wales

Date:5 JUN 2018
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Emeritus Professor

Ruth Cabeza Victoria Flowers Eirwen Pierrot Anita Rao Barry O’Leary and Lillian Odze LexisNexis Family Law 2018 paperback. £99.99

Lawyers have an honourable and growing role in family creation. They can assist the couple in making an informed choice of partnership. Their vicarious experience of what needs to be addressed in pre-marital and cohabitation contracts – and in making the former influential and the latter binding – may help the parties to ensure that they are right for one another. Failing that such arrangements may make extrication less disagreeable than otherwise.

Any midwifery metaphor is rather more apposite when it comes to procreation and parenthood. In (very) rough historical order we have adoption (Adoption Act 1926) surrogacy (Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985 shortly after Kim Cotton had carried a child for a Swedish couple she had never met) and human assisted reproduction (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 12 years after Louise Brown conceived after her parents’ gametes met in a petri dish was born in Oldham and District General Hospital). Naturally other assistants medics social workers...

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