A LEGAL ANALYSIS OF “SAVIOUR SIBLINGS” AND “BENEFACTOR CHILDREN” IN SOUTH AFRICA
This contribution aims to explain how the constitutional rights to bodily integrity and autonomy affect, firstly, the legal position of “saviour siblings” and, secondly, “benefactor children”. The article also considers whether parents, in terms of South African law, have the right to make decisions concerning medical treatment and surgical procedures of this nature, on behalf of their children. A number of legal and ethical issues are considered, with the focus being on the legal implications
associated with these categories of children being used to save the life of an ill sibling through the donation of tissue or organs. A set of recommendations are advanced so that the legal position may be better regulated.
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