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Lessons Across the Pond: Assisted Reproductive Technology in the UK and the US

28 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2010 Last revised: 6 Feb 2014

Arthur Caplan

University of Pennsylvania

James Fossett

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Darren Shickle

University of Sheffield - School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)

Glenn McGee

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dyrleif Bjarnadottir

State University of New York (SUNY) - Philosophy

Kelly Carroll

Albany Law School

Alicia R. Ouellette

Albany Law School

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Scholars and the President’s Council on Bioethics have called for regulation of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that emulates the regulatory system in the UK especially in regard to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The HFEA has complete authority over fertility clinics and human embryo research in the UK and has been shown to adapt to emerging technologies.

This article compares the United States’ and UK’s systems in regards to ART. It argues that the American system is merely a patchwork and is essentially unenforceable. However, the article also considers the history of each county’s reproduction policies to show the difficulties in establishing an HFEA style framework in the U.S.

Suggested Citation

Caplan, Arthur and Fossett, James and Shickle, Darren and McGee, Glenn and Bjarnadottir, Dyrleif and Carroll, Kelly and Ouellette, Alicia R., Lessons Across the Pond: Assisted Reproductive Technology in the UK and the US (2005). American Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 31, No. 4, p. 419, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1632959

Arthur Caplan

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

James Fossett

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Darren Shickle

University of Sheffield - School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) ( email )

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Sheffield S1 4DA
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Glenn McGee

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Dyrleif Bjarnadottir

State University of New York (SUNY) - Philosophy ( email )

Philosophy
University at Albany SUNY
Albany, NY 12222
United States

Kelly Carroll

Albany Law School

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

Alicia Ouellette (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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