Edited by Mark A. Rothstein, Thomas H. Murray, Gregory E. Kaebnick, and Mary Anderlik Majumder
Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2005
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Genetic Ties and the Family brings together experts in history, law, ethics, philosophy, psychology, social work, and sociology to explore the tension between biological and social conceptions of parentage. The contributors consider the effect of DNA-based paternity testing on family relationships and discuss the ethical, legal, and social implications.
These essays reflect the changing concepts of parenthood, along with social factors that heighten conflict, such as single-parent adoption, gay and lesbian parents, child support laws, and new reproductive technologies. Building on scholarship of the last quarter century – including the latest developments in law and social science research – this volume informs the development of legislation regulating genetic testing and the use of test results in establishing parental rights.
Lori B. Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law; Elizabeth Bartholet, Harvard Law School; Jeffrey Blustein, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Nancy E. Dowd, Levin College of Law, University of Florida; Michael Grossberg, Indiana University; Dorothy Nelkin, New York University; Jeffrey Parness, North Illinois University College of Law; Dianne Scott-Jones, Boston College; Daniel Wulff, Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville.
“DNA testing for paternity has helped to change the law and social policy regarding parenthood. This very interesting collection by some of the most important writers in bioethics and law will be a valuable resource for scholars, as well as a text in graduate seminars in bioethics or family law.” – Bonnie Steinbock, University at Albany, State University of New York
Mark A. Rothstein is Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine, and director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Thomas H. Murray is president of The Hastings Center. Gregory E. Kaebnick is an associate for philosophical studies at The Hastings Center and editor of the Hastings Center Report. Mary Anderlik Majumder is an assistant professor at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine.