Choosing Tomorrows Children: The Ethics of Selective Reproduction

Paperback | March 1, 2012

byStephen Wilkinson

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To what extent should parents be allowed to use reproductive technologies to determine the characteristics of their future children? And is there something morally wrong with parents who wish to do this? Choosing Tomorrow's Children provides answers to these (and related) questions. Inparticular, the book looks at issues raised by selective reproduction, the practice of choosing between different possible future persons by selecting or deselecting (for example) embryos, eggs, and sperm. Wilkinson offers answers to questions including the following. Do children have a 'right to an open future' and, if they do, what moral constraints does this place upon selective reproduction? Should parents be allowed to choose their future children's sex? Should we 'screen out' as much disease anddisability as possible before birth, or would that be an objectionable form of eugenics? Is it acceptable to create or select a future person in order to provide lifesaving tissue for an existing relative? Is there a moral difference between selecting to avoid disease and selecting to produce an'enhanced' child? Should we allow deaf parents to use reproductive technologies to ensure that they have a deaf child?

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To what extent should parents be allowed to use reproductive technologies to determine the characteristics of their future children? And is there something morally wrong with parents who wish to do this? Choosing Tomorrow's Children provides answers to these (and related) questions. Inparticular, the book looks at issues raised by sele...

Stephen Wilkinson is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199646589

ISBN - 13:9780199646586

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the Ethics of Selective Reproduction2. Parental Duties and Virtues3. Selecting for Disability and the Welfare of the Child4. Choosing One for the Sake of Another5. Treating Children as Commodities6. Eugenics and the Expressivist Argument7. Enhancement8. Sex Selection

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"an impressive book ... clear, judicious, and comprehensive" --Medical Law Review