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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 28, 2004

UI Law Symposium Examines Assistive Reproductive Technology Issues

A two-day symposium examining the legal, ethical and medical issues of assisted reproductive technologies that features some of the nation's top experts in the field will be held Oct. 8 and 9 at the Boyd Law Building.

Admission to "Creating Life? Examining the Legal, Ethical and Medical Issues of Reproductive Technologies" is free and open to the public. The symposium is sponsored by the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, a law journal published by the UI College of Law.

Johanna Reimer, symposium editor for the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, said that advances in medical technology have created the ability to conceive children in new and innovative ways, leaving the legal system struggling to mold existing legal doctrine or create new doctrine that addresses the evolution of families and familial relationships.

"At this intersection of law and medical technology, we see an interesting conundrum of legal, medical and ethical issues," said Reimer. "It is this intersection that the symposium will explore."

The panelists will address the complex legal, medical and ethical issues surrounding assisted reproductive technologies including multiple religious perspectives, genetic diagnosis for trait selection and regulation of assisted reproductive technologies. Among the topics that will be discussed: a model statute for regulating assistive reproductive technology (ART), access issues regarding ART, racial and gender discrimination, liability when mistakes are made and creating the "perfect baby."

Symposium panelists include academic scholars and clinicians from such diverse fields as law, philosophy, anthropology and medicine.

For more information on the symposium, visit the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice's homepage at

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