Discussion paper highlights a children’s rights approach to assisted reproduction

Date: 23rd May 2018
Category: Best interests of the child

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A new paper assesses the range of implications that assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) can have on children's human rights and seeks to encourage discussion on the impact of ARTs on children as their use rapidly increases.

The paper, entitled 'A Children's Rights Approach to Assisted Reproduction' was developed by the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) and looks at the rights implications of ARTs such as prenatal genetic testing, third party reproduction, and cryopreservation.

The paper draws on jurisprudence from UN treaty bodies, including the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and also looks at previous court cases and legislation concerning ARTs from around the world, including in countries such as the UK, Canada, Thailand, and India.