Gender and Parenthood: The Case for Realignment

Sheelagh McGuinness, Amel Alghrani

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In discussions of procreative autonomy and reproductive liberty the rights of many have been examined. Whether infertile couples , single and lesbian women , prisoners and even HIV discordant individuals should be assisted in their desires to procreate has all attracted attention and academic debate. One group that continues to be neglected in such discussions comprises individuals who have undergone sex reassignment surgery. The government’s decision to overhaul the legal framework regulating assisted reproduction reignited much debate on issues surrounding assisted conception and the rules relating to parenthood. In these discussions we see a chance being missed to consider the needs of transsexuals. In our paper we address this lacuna, and highlight the needs of this group in the context of assisted reproduction and parenthood. We consider whether there is any reason to refuse transsexuals the same options as other individuals in the context of assisted reproductive technologies. We examine whether such individuals who may wish to found a family are being hindered rather than helped by the current legal framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-283
Number of pages23
JournalMedical Law Review
Issue number2
Early online date25 Apr 2008
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

Structured keywords

  • LAW Centre for Health Law and Society


  • Assisted Reproduction
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990
  • Transgender
  • Parentage


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