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UTSpeaks: Reproductive Minefields – Can we make laws to deal with the social and ethical complexities of surrogate pregnancies?

The UTSpeaks series presented on 29 October 2008 a talk by ANita Stuhmcke entitled “Reproductive Minefields – Can we make laws to deal with the social and ethical complexities of surrogate pregnancies?”

“Advances in reproductive technology, harnessed to powerful emotional drives for parenthood, have outpaced an inconsistent patchwork of Australian biomedical law.

The silence of NSW law on surrogate motherhood is now being addressed, but how effective will regulation be in balancing community standards with what people are prepared to do to have a child? Would a national approach be more effective?”

Anita Stuhmcke – Associate Professor Anita Stuhmcke has studied surrogacy and the laws surrounding it for more than 15 years, becoming a sought-out public commentator on the issues of using third parties to produce children. She teaches in the fields of tort and biomedical law in the UTS Faculty of Law, with a general research interest in exploring the limits of the law to accommodate social, political and economic change.

The material on this talk is available from the UTS Website

* flyer (PDF 52k)
* presentation slides (PDF 112k)
* talk (PDF 116k)
* audio recording (MP3 22.7 MB)

UTSPEAKS: is a free public lecture series presented by UTS experts discussing a range of important issues confronting contemporary Australia.

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