Category Archives: Motherhood

Property rights and the body – right to a dead person’s reproductive material

It was reported in The Australian today that a women has won the right to possession of her dead husband’s sperm with a view to using the material to conceive a child via IVF. The full judgment is available here: Jocelyn Edwards; Re the estate of the late Mark Edwards [2011] NSWSC 478. The facts […]

Frankenmilk?

From China, the intriguing news that scientists have genetically modified cows to produce milk with human proteins in it. This is not the same things as genetically modifying cows to ‘produce human milk’, as it has been reported. To me, this is a truly bizarre story. Presumably, this project was the result of several appalling […]

Surrogacy and the law

There have been a few stories in the news lately about surrogate parents. Elton John and his partner became parents via a surrogate mother at the end of last year. Of course, as they are gay men, the child was conceived with the use of a donor egg. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban recently became […]

Chinese Mothers

I don’t know if anyone else has seen a deliberately provocatively titled piece by Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor: ‘Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior’. I’ll give you a flavour of the piece: A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many […]

Right to choose gender of a child

A Victorian couple with three sons are asking VCAT to allow them to select the gender of their next child. The couple are desperate for a girl after they had a baby girl who died a few days after birth. The Herald Sun reports: [The couple] are asking the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to […]

Enforcing filial piety via legislation

(from Wikimedia Commons) According to Confucian ideals, filial piety is the ultimate value. Hence, it permeates many Asian societies. There is notionally no need for the state to provide for care for the elderly, because the children will look after their parents in their old age. The rather creepy statue above depicts Japanese man Ryochi […]

4 year old sued for negligence

Via the Obligations Discussion Group, I heard that a Manhattan judge has ruled that a four-year-old can be sued for negligence. Yes, seriously. The New York Times reports: Citing cases dating back as far as 1928, a judge has ruled that a young girl accused of running down an elderly woman while racing a bicycle […]

Queensland abortion couple not guilty

Oh dear, I really must have a perverse desire to start Threads o’ Doom this week – first rape and sexual assault, now a post about abortion. Anyway, in news just in, a Cairns couple have been found not guilty of attempting to procure an abortion. The couple, Tegan Leach and Sergie Brennan, found out […]

Libertarian child

I just thought I’d tell this amusing little anecdote of my 4-year-old daughter, a rather precocious child. A while back, on the way to kinder, my daughter was trying to persuade me to buy her more computer games. I explained to her that we only have a finite amount of money. She wanted to know […]

What a scream!

An American tourist is suing Qantas after she was seated next to a three-year-old child who allegedly screamed so loudly in the woman’s ear that she was deafened: “The pain was so excruciating that I didn’t even know I was deaf,” Ms Barnard said, reliving the incident during a deposition for a civil lawsuit she […]