Religion and Reproductive Technology

Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper eds, 2017 Forthcoming)

Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 16-47

10 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2016 Last revised: 13 Dec 2016

I. Glenn Cohen

Harvard Law School

Date Written: June 21, 2016

Abstract

This chapter will examines places where law, religion, and reproductive technology conflict. It examines four particular intersections: The first involves religiously motivated denials of service, in particular as they pertain to single and gay and lesbian couples. The second involves embryo adoption, where the largest providers of the service in the United States are religious organizations. The third is a bit of a dog that didn’t bark (at least so far): the “personhood movement” and its attempts to gain state constitutional protection for zygotes, embryos, and fetuses. Finally, the chapter will close by discussing relatively new attempts by religious organizations to bring forward objections to embryo destruction in pre-embryo disposition disputes between private individuals, in particular a recent case in Missouri that is currently being litigated.

Keywords: reproductive technology, religion, embryo, denials of service, personhood, embryo disposition

JEL Classification: H1, H42, I1, I10, I11, K1

Suggested Citation

Cohen, I. Glenn, Religion and Reproductive Technology (June 21, 2016). Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper eds, 2017 Forthcoming); Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 16-47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798667

I. Glenn Cohen (Contact Author)

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