Intentional Parenthood: Responsibilities in Surrogate Motherhood [Book Review]

Health Care Analysis 10 (2):165-175 (2002)
Abstract
In recent years, a number of writers dealingwith questions over parenthood that arisein the context of reproductive technologies andsurrogate motherhood, have appealed to thenotion of ``intentional parenthood''. Basingtheir argument on liberal values such asindividual autonomy, the freedom to entercontracts, the right to privacy, and individualself-fulfilment, they argue that contractuallystated intentions, rather than genetic orgestational relationships, should form thebasis of parental rights. Against this I arguethat parental rights do not derive fromcontractual agreements, but are based in theirobligations towards the child. I then examinethe nature of the obligations that the variousparties have towards the child both pre- andpostnatally
Keywords children's rights  intentional parenthood  liberal individualism  parental rights and responsibilities  surrogate motherhood
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