Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges by Francoise BaylisFamily-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges by Francoise Baylis

Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges

EditorFrancoise Baylis, Carolyn Mcleod

Paperback | April 8, 2017

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This volume explores the ethics of making or expanding families through adoption or technologically assisted reproduction. For many people, these methods are separate and distinct: they can choose either adoption or assisted reproduction. But for others, these options blend together. Forexample, in some jurisdictions, the path of assisted reproduction for same-sex couples is complicated by the need for the partner who is not genetically related to the resulting child to adopt this child if she wants to become the child's legal parent. The essays in this volume critically examine moral choices to pursue adoption, assisted reproduction, or both, and highlight the social norms that can distort decision-making. Among these norms are those that favour people having biologically related children ("bionormativity") or that privilege atraditional understanding of family as a heterosexual unit with one or more children where both parents are the genetic, biological, legal, and social parents of these children. As a whole, the book looks at how adoption and assisted reproduction are morally distinct from one another, but also emphasizes how the two are morally similar. Choosing one, the other, or both of these approaches to family-making can be complex in some respects, but ought to be simple in others,provided that one's main goal is to become a parent.
Francoise Baylis is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University, and founder of the NovelTechEthics research team. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Assisted human reproduction, research involving women, public health ethics, ...
Title:Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical ChallengesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:April 8, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Francoise Baylis and Carolyn McLeod: IntroductionFamilies: Of Parents and Children 151. Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift: The Goods of Parenting2. Samantha Brennan: The Goods of Childhood and Children's RightsBionormativity: Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives3. Charlotte Witt: A Critique of the Bionormative Concept of the Family4. Lucy Blake, Martin Richards, and Susan Golombok: The Families of Assisted Reproduction and AdoptionBecoming a Parent: Personal Choices5. Christine Overall: What is the Value of Procreation?6. Tina Rulli: The Unique Value of AdoptionBecoming a Parent: State Interests7. Jurgen De Wispelaere and Daniel Weinstock: State Regulation and Assisted Reproduction: Balancing the Interests of Parents and Children8. Carolyn McLeod and Andrew Botterell: 'Not for the Faint of Heart': Assessing the Status Quo on Adoption and Parental Licensing9. Julie Crawford: On Non-Biological Maternity, or 'My Daughter is Going to be a Father!'Special Responsibilities of Parents10. James Lindemann Nelson: Special Responsibilities of Parents Using Technologically Assisted Reproduction11. Mianna Lotz: Adoptee Vulnerability and Post-Adoptive Parental Obligation12. Heath Fogg Davis: The Political Geography of Whites Adopting Black Children in the United StatesContested Practices13. Kimberly Leighton: Geneticizing the Desire to Know: Analogies to Adoption in Arguments Against Anonymous Gamete Donation14. Francoise Baylis: Transnational Commercial Contract Pregnancy in India15. Jennifer A. Parks: Aged Parenting Through ART and Other Means

Editorial Reviews

"Anyone grappling with such questions must immediately welcome this impressively comprehensive collection of essays, artfully edited by Francoise Baylis and Carolyn McLeod. Indeed, anyone who shares at least one of these interests, personally or professionally, will appreciate the volume'sbreadth of insight. The editors set out to canvas the moral terrain of nontraditional family making, or family making through adoption and/or assisted reproductive technology (ART). And they have brought together papers that shed important light on the various contemporary ethical challenges thatcouples and individuals face depending on the manner in which they choose to welcome children into their lives." --Vida Panitch, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics