Hart–Devlin revisited: law, morality and consent in parenthood

Med Sci Law 2011;51:68-75
doi:10.1258/msl.2010.010214
© 2011 British Academy of Forensic Science

 

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Kate Moss MPhil (Cantab) PhD  and
Rowland Hughes BA (Hons) CQSW


School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, Millennium City Building, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK

Correspondence: Kate Moss. Email: k.moss{at}wlv.ac.uk

The debate about law and morality is not new but changing socialstructures and advances in science, medicine and technologyhave impacted the decisions courts have to make. Within thefast-changing societies of the 21st century, is judicial decision-makingcognisant of these advances and how do the judiciary currentlyreconcile difficult emergent issues concerning law, scienceand morality? The dilemma of decision-making regarding frozenembryos, the gametes of deceased donors and the issue of consentis analysed by reference to recent case law and the problemof decision-making in relation to the newly possible.

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