Old Lessons for a New World: Applying Adoption Research and Experience to Art

Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vol. 24, 2011

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 532

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 532

24 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2011 Last revised: 26 Mar 2011

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Naomi Cahn

University of Virginia School of Law

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This article suggests that knowledge derived from adoption-related research and experience can be used to improve law, policy and practice in the world of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), particularly with respect to sperm, egg and embryo "donations." While there are numerous and significant differences between adoption and ART, the article identifies several areas in which adoption's lessons could be useful. These include secrecy and the withholding of information; a focus on the best interests of children; the creation of "nontraditional" families, particularly as more single, gay and lesbian adults use ART; the impact of market forces; and legal and regulatory frameworks to inform standards and procedures.

Keywords: adoption, assisted reproductive technologies, family, nontradtional families, family law, women's health, women's law

Suggested Citation

Cahn, Naomi R. and Adoption Institute, Evan B. Donaldson, Old Lessons for a New World: Applying Adoption Research and Experience to Art (2011). Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vol. 24, 2011, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 532, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 532, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1776191

Naomi R. Cahn (Contact Author)

University of Virginia School of Law ( email )

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Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

525 Broadway ,6th Floor
New York, NY 10012
United States

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