Psychological and ethical issues in third party assisted conception and surrogate motherhood

van den Akker, Olga ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3529-4358 (2019) Psychological and ethical issues in third party assisted conception and surrogate motherhood. In: Pathways and Barriers to Parenthood: Existential Concerns Regarding Fertility, Pregnancy, and Early Parenthood. Taubman –Ben-Ari, Orit, ed. Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 113-125. ISBN 9783030248635, e-ISBN 9783030248642. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-24864-2)

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Abstract

The continuing increase in babies born via third party assisted conception (AC) and surrogate motherhood across the world shows the success of and medical and social demand for third party interventions in family building. However, with the increasing use of such interventions world-wide, commercialisation and commodification have proliferated. This in turn has led to inequality in access to AC services, in choice of third party input, and in questionable human rights and psychosocial welfare issues. Transitioning to parenthood using third party AC and surrogate motherhood, in addition to requiring equality in access, also demand accuracy of birth and genetic information. In the absence of accurate record keeping, continuing practices of anonymity, and marginalization of the contribution of donors and surrogates, psychological, social, health and ethical questions are raised for donors, recipients and potentially for (genetic, gestational) part, half and full offspring, siblings and others in the extended family such as grandparents.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 29793
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of a chapter published in Pathways and Barriers to Parenthood: Existential Concerns Regarding Fertility, Pregnancy, and Early Parenthood. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24864-2
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Depositing User: Olga Van Den akker
Date Deposited: 06 May 2020 17:11
Last Modified: 07 May 2020 07:14
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/29793

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