The 'New Family' as an Emerging Norm: A Commentary on the Position of Social Work in Assisted Reproduction

Fronek, P., & Crawshaw, M. (2015). The ‘New Family’ as an Emerging Norm: A Commentary on the Position of Social Work in Assisted Reproduction. British Journal of Social Work, 45(2), 737-746. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bct198

Posted: 17 Jan 2014 Last revised: 26 Mar 2015

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Patricia Fronek

Griffith University - School of Human Services and Social Work

Marilyn Crawshaw

University of York - Department of Social Policy and Social Work

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Biomedicine, bioethics and the law dominate policy and practice in controversial methods of creating families through assisted reproductive technologies including cross-border reproductive care and surrogacy. This commentary discusses the ascendancy of ‘the right-to-parent’ lobby in global free markets where individualism, neo-liberal and neo-feminist perspectives, consumerism and porous state borders thrive and legislative frameworks only regulate risky practices well after they are established. It argues the need for social work to be a critical voice in ethical debates, a key contributor to national and international social policy and practice, and a leader in global child welfare matters.

Keywords: assisted reproduction, surrogacy, donor conception, child welfare

Suggested Citation

Fronek, Patricia and Crawshaw, Marilyn, The 'New Family' as an Emerging Norm: A Commentary on the Position of Social Work in Assisted Reproduction (2015). Fronek, P., & Crawshaw, M. (2015). The ‘New Family’ as an Emerging Norm: A Commentary on the Position of Social Work in Assisted Reproduction. British Journal of Social Work, 45(2), 737-746. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bct198, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2379757

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Marilyn Crawshaw

University of York - Department of Social Policy and Social Work ( email )

York YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

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