An international view of surgically assisted conception and surrogacy tourism.
Authors: Ahmad N,
Address: Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University Brunei Darussalam, Adjunct Associate Professor, Law, Multimedia University, Malaysia.
Journal: Med Leg J.
Publication: 2011;79(Pt 4):135-45. doi: 10.1258/mlj.2011.011029.
Modern medicine, specifically assisted reproductive technology (ART), has overtaken the law in many jurisdictions around the world. New technologies and practices open a Pandora's Box of ethical, religious, social and legal questions, and may present a variety of significant legal problems to the courts and legislators. Surrogate motherhood and pregnancy through ART have both attracted controversy. Some groups condemn ART and want it banned while its supporters acknowledge there is a need for legislative guidelines and regulations. A proposed statute, the Assisted Reproductive Technique Services Act, aimed at regulating reproductive technologies, including surrogacy arrangements, will be introduced in the Malaysian parliament, probably in 2012, and the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill 2010 is already before the Indian parliament. This paper will discuss several of the potential socio-legal issues surrounding ART in the light of the complex situation, with a comparative analysis of the Malaysian, USA, UK and Indian positions.
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