Prenatal and preimplantation testing techlogies have offered unprecedented access to information about the genetic and congenital makeup of our prospective progeny. Future developments such as preconception testing, n-intrusive prenatal testing and more extensive preimplantation testing promise to increase that access further still. The result may be greater reproductive choice, but it also increases the burden on women and men to avail themselves of these techlogies in order to avoid having a child with a disability. The overwhelming question for legislators has been whether and, if so, how to regulate the use of these techlogies in the face of compelling but seemingly contradictory claims about the advancement of reproductive choice and the dangers of eugenic or discriminatory effects. This book examines the evolution of this legislative oversight across a number of jurisdictions and explores the tensions and ambiguities that inform these laws.
Isabel Karpin is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney. Kristin Savell is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.