USD School of Law Professor Dov Fox Quoted in Stateline Article

Professor Dov Fox Quoted in Stateline Article

Professor Dov Fox

SAN DIEGO (July 9, 2019) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor and Director of the Center for Health Law Policy & Bioethics, Dov Fox, was quoted in the Stateline article, “Fight Fertility Fraud: New State Laws Go After Misuse of Sperm,” regarding new instances of fertility fraud in Indiana and Texas that can be prosecuted under recently signed laws in both states. In these cases, doctors are substituting the donors’ sperm for their own.

“Two states have spoken, and I think many more will, especially if my hunch is right that there are many more doctors out there,” said Fox. He also stated in a phone interview that revelations in the recent cases that led to the Texas law “are just the tip of the iceberg.”

In the essay “Reproductive Negligence,” Fox noted the unregulated nature of fertility treatment, particularly from about 1970 to 1990, before genetic testing was readily available. He wrote that in Great Britain, where fertility clinics were subject to stringent regulation during that period, the government had found that mistakes like destroying, contaminating and switching reproductive materials were “not exceptional.”

“Such errors are almost certainly more common in the United States, where these practices go virtually unregulated,” Fox wrote.

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About Professor Dov Fox 

Dov Fox is a professor of law at USD School of Law and director of USD School of Law's Center for Health Law Policy and Bioethics. His scholarship in the areas of criminal law and procedure, health law and bioethics, and the regulation of technology. He is the author of the book, Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN).  The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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