Desperately seeking donors: The 'saviour siblings' decision in quintaville v human fertilisation embryology authority (UK)

Hocking, B. A. and Guy, S. (2005) Desperately seeking donors: The 'saviour siblings' decision in quintaville v human fertilisation embryology authority (UK). Australian Journal of Family Law, 19 2: 144-152.


Author Hocking, B. A.
Guy, S.
Title Desperately seeking donors: The 'saviour siblings' decision in quintaville v human fertilisation embryology authority (UK)
Journal name Australian Journal of Family Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0817-623X
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 144
End page 152
Total pages 9
Editor Richard Ingleby
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Butterworths
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
390199 Law not elsewhere classified
750599 Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
1801 Law
Abstract The recent House of Lords decision in Quintavalle v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has raised difficult and complex issues regarding the extent to which embryo selection and reproductive technology can be used as a means of rectifying genetic disorders and treating critically ill children. This comment outlines the facts of Quintavalle and explores how the House of Lords approached the legal, ethical and policy issues that arose out of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's (UK) decision to allow reproductive and embryo technology to be used to produce a 'saviour sibling' whose tissue could be used to save the life of a critically ill child. Particular attention will be given to the implications of the decision in Quintavalle for Australian family and medical law and policy. As part of this focus, the comment explores the current Australian legislative and policy framework regarding the use of genetic and reproductive technology as a mechanism through which to assist critically ill siblings. It is argued that the present Australian framework would appear to impose significant limits on the medical uses of genetic technology and, in this context, would seem to reflect many of the principles that were articulated by the House of Lords in Quintavalle.
Keyword beta thalassemia
donor selection
ethics
Genetics and Reproduction
genetic screening
Q-Index Code C1

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