Professor Lewis Presents at ABA Section on International Law Spring Meeting in New York

Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law Browne Lewis presented a paper at the ABA Section on International Law Spring Meeting in New York. Professor Lewis discussed the ways in which advances in assisted reproductive technology have caused babies to be treated like commodities. She pointed out that courts resolve custody disputes involving children conceived “naturally” relying on family law principles. However, when the disputes involve children conceived using reproductive technologies, courts usually apply contract law without considering the best interests of the child. For example, an Ohio woman filed a breach of warranty case instead of a negligence case when a sperm bank fertilized her eggs with sperm from the wrong donor.

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