Making Babies: Is there a right to have children?

Paperback | April 13, 2004

byMary Warnock

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The development of new reproductive technologies has raised urgent questions and debates about how and by whom these treatments should be controlled.On the one hand individuals and groups have claimed access to assisted reproduction as a right, and some have also claimed that this access should be available free of charge. As well as clinically infertile heterosexual couples, this right has been claimed by single women, gay couples,post-menopausal women, and couples who wish to delay having children for various reasons. Others have argued that a desire to have children does not make it a human right, and, moreover, that there are some people who should not be assisted to become parents, on grounds of age, sexuality, or lifestyle.Mary Warnock steers a clear path through the web of complex issues underlying these views. She begins by analyzing what it means to claim something as a 'right', and goes on to discuss the cases of different groups of people. She also examines the ethical problems faced by particular types ofassisted reproduction, including artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization, and surrogacy, and argues that in the future human cloning may well be a viable and acceptable form of treatment for some types of infertility.

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The development of new reproductive technologies has raised urgent questions and debates about how and by whom these treatments should be controlled.On the one hand individuals and groups have claimed access to assisted reproduction as a right, and some have also claimed that this access should be available free of charge. As well as c...

Mary Warnock's work in academic philosophy includes the books Imagination, Memory, and Existentialism. Much of her career was spent at Oxford University, and she was later Mistress of Girton College Cambridge. She was made a life peer in 1985, and chaired the Committee of Enquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology, whose report f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:126 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.33 inPublished:April 13, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192805002

ISBN - 13:9780192805003

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Table of Contents

IntroductionTechniques of assisted reproductionWho pays?The right that no stone should be left unturnedWhat constitutes a right?Do people need to have children?A further look at the question of whether there can exist a right to do what is morally wrongThe moral status of the human embryoBack to infertilityMay doctors refuse treatment?The slippery slopeAre those who are not infertile entitled to assisted conception?OpennessWhy do homosexuals want children?The natural and the unnaturalThe search for securityIs fear a proper basis for moral judgement?Conslusions so farAre all methods of fertility treatment legitimate?Cloning: 1997-2001

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`... a 'quick read' and a rather enjoyable one. No academic apparatus. No clutter.'Anthony Fisher