Avoiding ideological debate: Assisted reproduction regulation in the Netherlands

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Since the 1960s, the Dutch have been discussing regulation regarding assisted reproduction. In a country with a religious-secular divide, one would expect ART to reach the political agenda via single-issue movements and political parties willing to accept their views. However, ART proved different in this respect. Nevertheless, the discussion and regulation of ART fits into Dutch political culture: Trying to find a regulation that almost everyone can approve, which often results in a procedural approach. The Dutch regulation of ART can be characterized as permissive regarding the people who may have access to ART (couples, singles, homosexuals), moderately restrictive regarding the techniques permitted (for example, with respect to embryo research and pre-implantation genetic testing, and human rights-oriented (protection of life, right to personality, equality).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationVariation, Convergence and Trends
EditorsErich Griessler, Lenka Slepičková, Heleen Weyers, Florian Winkler, Nicolle Zeegers
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781003223726
ISBN (Print)9781032122403
Publication statusPublished - 13-May-2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness

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