How Safe is Safe Enough?: Obligations to the Children of Reproductive Technology

Hardcover | March 24, 2004

byPhilip G Peters

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This book offers a comprehensive roadmap for determining when and how to regulate risky reproductive technologies on behalf of future children. First, it provides three benchmarks for determining whether a reproductive practice is harmful to the children it produces. This frameworksynthesizes and extends past efforts to make sense of our intuitive, but paradoxical, belief that reproductive choices can be both life-giving and harmful. Next, it recommends a process for reconciling the interests of future children with the reproductive liberty of prospective parents. Theauthor rejects a blanket preference for either parental autonomy or child welfare and proposes instead a case-by-case inquiry that takes into account the nature and magnitude of the proposed restrictions on procreative liberty, the risk of harm to future children, and the context in which the issuearises. Finally, he applies this framework to four past and future medical treatments with above average risk, including cloning and genetic engineering. Drawing lessons from these case studies, Peters criticizes the current lack of regulatory oversight and recommends both more extensive pre-markettesting and closer post-market monitoring of new reproductive technologies. His moderate pragmatic approach will be widely appreciated.

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This book offers a comprehensive roadmap for determining when and how to regulate risky reproductive technologies on behalf of future children. First, it provides three benchmarks for determining whether a reproductive practice is harmful to the children it produces. This frameworksynthesizes and extends past efforts to make sense of...

Philip G Peters is at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 9.13 × 6.06 × 1.06 inPublished:March 24, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the debate over risky technologiesPart 1: The Interests of Future Children2. Future people matter3. Three ways in which reproductive contact can cause harm4. The duty to use the safest procreative method available5. Treatments too dangerous to use even as a last resort6. Treatments that endanger embryos7. SynthesisPart 2: Reconciling Conflicting Interests8. Constructing a regulatory framework that respects parental liberty9. An introduction to constitutional limits on the regulation of reproduction10. Substantive due process doctrine11. A critique of the "deeply rooted" test12. The constitutional stature of reproductive technologies13. The state's interest in protecting future childrenPart 3: Applying the framework14. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection15. Multiple pregnancy16. Cloning17. Germ-line genetic engineering18. Conclusion

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"This is an important book because it emphasizes that regulation and laws are necessary with regard to asisted reproductive technology. The book strongly argues that legislation and regulation are essential if the powerful tool of reproductive technology is to benefit all of humanity in a safe and responsible fashion. Peter's take-home message is this: when scientific advances outstrip moral convictions (even among some practitioners), proactive legislation is necessary for the protection of all parties. In making its arguments, this book subtly erases the line between law and ethics." --New England Journal of Medicine