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
Date Written: 2015
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
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