Travel into the Future of Reproductive Technology

13 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2011

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Richard F. Storrow

City University of New York School of Law

Date Written: 2010


Today, cross-border assisted reproductive care can in many cases be pursued with impunity, given the policy of free movement of goods and services that serves as a cornerstone of unity in Europe and North America. Travel in the future of reproductive technology, however, will occasion risks that reproductive travelers have not faced since the days when Germany and Ireland engaged in internationally condemned practices aimed at punishing their citizens who crossed into other countries to obtain abortions illegal at home. In countries where pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos is outlawed because it is believed to be dangerously akin to eugenics, travel to evade the law has commenced and will increase as low-cost methods of conducting such diagnoses enter the market. What the future of crossing borders for reproductive technology holds, then, lies in part in the extraterritorial effect that countries will choose to give their laws in a globalizing world.

Keywords: reproductive tourism, cross-border reproductive care, genetic testing, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, patent law, gene patenting, extraterritoriality, reproductive technology, assisted reproduction, regulation, surrogacy, parentage, citizenship

Suggested Citation

Storrow, Richard F., Travel into the Future of Reproductive Technology (2010). University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 79, No. 2, p. 296, 2010, Available at SSRN:

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