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Parenthood And The Law

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As culture changes and technology develops, the definition of parenthood may be changing. We're talking about how the legal framework that defines parenthood can keep up.

What does it mean - legally - to be a parent?  The answer to that question is changing with shifting culture and technology. We're looking at the new face of parenthood, and at how the legal framework is struggling to keep up.

How does Vermont deal with issues raised by surrogacy and other reproductive technologies, and by same-sex marriage? And what might come next?

We're joined by Kurt Hughes, an attorney at Murdoch, Hughes, and Twarog in Burlington specializing in adoption law, assisted reproductive law, and family law. Also by Dr. Robert Macauley, Medical Director of Clinical Ethics at the UVM Medical Center. And by Dr. Peter Casson, a physician specializing in infertility and assisted reproductive technologies at Northeastern Reproductive Medicine in Colchester.  (Disclosure: NRM is a corporate underwriter for VPR.)

Also on the program: Robert Ford, former ambassador to Syria, discusses the suspected chemical weapons attack in Idlib, Syria, and the international response.

Broadcast live on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.