Scientists are currently attempting to create an artificula womb which would allow fetal development to occur independent of a woman's womb. This note analyzes legal questions which would emerge with this new technology, including how artificial wombs would affect the interests of the father and the state in the fetus; whether contracts involving artificial wombs would be enforceable; and what type of liability issues would arise due to artificial womb use. Finally, the note proposes answers for these questions and concludes that the development of artificial wombs will likely complicate rather than resolve issues surrounding reproductive rights and the legal status of an embryo or fetus.
Jessica H. Schultz,
Development of Ectogenesis: How Will Artificial Wombs Affect the Legal Status of a Fetus or Embryo?,
Chi.-Kent L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.kentlaw.iit.edu/cklawreview/vol84/iss3/14