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Making Babies, Making Families: What Matters Most in an Age of Reproductive Technologies, Surrogacy, Adoption, and Same-Sex and Unwed Parents Mary Lyndon Shanley

Making Babies, Making Families: What Matters Most in an Age of Reproductive Technologies, Surrogacy, Adoption, and Same-Sex and Unwed Parents

Mary Lyndon Shanley

Published July 11th 2001
ISBN : 9780807044087
Hardcover
224 pages
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Heart-wrenching, high-profile court cases such as the Baby M case have called attention to the troubling consequences of new reproductive technology- the law has yet to catch up with the ways that people create families today. Although these times may appear chaotic and confusing, Mary Shanley shows us that we dont have to be afraid. Her timely work begins by demonstrating that the traditional model of the natural, patriarchal family is outdated, and that the newer contractual model based on equality between adults can lead to questionable results for the child.Shanley offers a new vision of family law thats based on existing caring relationships of adults for children. It ensures each childs right to be cared for, and takes into account the emotional realities of family life. She applies this practical, humane model to the most complex and controversial issues of our time, including adoption, biological fathers legal rights, surrogate motherhood, lesbian families, and the rights of sperm and egg donors and recipients.In this impressive study of family laws uneasiness with custody rights, Shanley explores how dominant notions of family (in which the primary partners are married, heterosexual and of the same race) have contributed to legal rulings on adoption and surrogacy....Shanleys discussion of transracial adoptions and the controversial role of race in shaping custody rights is evenhanded and riveting, as is her critique of surrogacy-for-pay and the sale of genetic material. Readers may be surprised that the U.S. is the only Western country that doesnt restrict human ova sales, and that France doesnt pay sperm donors. This critically sophisticated yet readilyaccessible discussion of adoption, reproductive technology and parental responsibility represents a much-needed addition to the growing number of books on new forms of family in the 21st century. --Publishers WeeklyMaking Babies, Making Families takes on all the hard questions . . . and with unflinching clear sight, clearly defined principles, and moral compassion creates a compelling basis for answers. --Mona Harrington, author of Care and Equality This] distinctive and valuable contribution ensures that we] protect the interests of children and other vulnerable people while sustaining the bonds of intimacy. --Martha Minow, author of Between Vengeance and Forgiveness