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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Benjamin Jang Kennedy, BS (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: The author evinces a concern for the interests of future children when confronted with the issue of ever-growing reproductive technologies in this well laid out book. The clear separations within each chapter result in a clean, linear flow.
Purpose: The author first establishes the moral and physical harms associated with these new technologies, then explains how they affect both individuals and society as a whole. He provides guidance on the roles of regulations and policies. These objectives are particularly worthy when reproduction, children, and technology collide. A weighty subject such as reproduction has been presented before, often with an abundance of ethical, legal, and statistical information, but guidance on future and law is often obscure. He establishes a well balanced read and tackles those issues with clear and concise arguments.
Audience: In my best estimate, the book is targeted at both students and professionals in the biomedical field, law and policy makers, and philosophers. I assume the author's audience is the same, plus a wider range of medical professionals and general readers, possibly those simply interested in the subject of reproductive technologies, though the reading level and references might be somewhat complex for the general reader.
Features: The author describes the various methods of technological reproduction and the harms associated with them. He then explains the role of past, present, and future policies. Particularly well constructed is the author's legal and policy framework. Providing a brief overview and history of law and its relation to reproduction strengthens his arguments. Possible shortcomings are the realities of enacting and procedurally carrying out his suggestion for stricter oversight.
Assessment: This book is well written and its contents well researched. The author takes on the approach of a neutral-push, that is, he creates well balanced arguments and justifications to get his point across to the reader. In his approach to procreative liberty, he borrows and expands a good deal from John Robertson's work, Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies (Princeton University Press, 1996). This book is a great read for anyone interested in the future of reproductive technologies and how they not only impact future children, but society as well.