chapter  6
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Regulating saviour sibling selection

A key feature of the relational model for selective reproduction I proposed in Chapter 5 is that the interests of family members are taken into account in connection with the interests of the child to be born. This chapter explores how regulation might support this relational model. I focus specifically on saviour sibling selection in order to ‘map out’ a relational framework for regulation in this area. While other controversial forms of selective reproduction are currently prohibited in the UK and Australia, saviour sibling selection is regulated in both countries by legislation and/or policy guidelines. I discuss how a relational framework for regulating saviour sibling selection differs from the existing ‘harm-based’ and ‘best interest’ models that exist in the UK and Australia, respectively, and could lead to different decisions to those made under current UK and Australian regulation. I begin in section 6.2 by addressing a preliminary question about whether

selective reproduction should be regulated at all. I argue that the state plays an important role in regulating selective reproduction under a relational model. Regulation can improve the decision-making process and protect the child to be born from exploitation, abuse and neglect. I briefly explore different regulatory models in section 6.3 before outlining some key general features of a relational framework for saviour sibling selection. Lastly, in section 6.4, I highlight the similarities and differences between my proposed relational framework and the existing frameworks in the UK and Australia for saviour sibling selection. In particular, my relational framework aims to provide a less restrictive and more nuanced approach to decision-making in the complex area of selective reproduction.