The Ethics of Reproductive Technology

Paperback | November 1, 1992

EditorKenneth D. Alpern

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This timely anthology helps students examine the normative and conceptual issues raised by recent innovations in human reproduction, including in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, and surrogate motherhood. Broad-based and interdisciplinary, it gathers together essays of remarkable depthand philosophical sophistication by legal scholars, health care professionals, scientists, and theologians as well as philosophers, paying particular attention to women's perspectives and to issues that concern women. Organized around issues rather than techniques and featuring unusually clearintroductions to current ethical and legal debates, the text sets the conceptual framework for addressing issues of prudence, morality, and public policy while providing the broadest possible context for the readings and teasing out the connections among them.Designed for a wide range of courses and for students at many levels, the anthology provides both a firm grounding in the basics--the biology of human reproduction, the specific procedures involved in various reproductive techniques, and the psychology of infertility--and a broad range of readingsthat provide the depth for more advanced thinking. Other unique features are a section on professional responsibilities that will appeal to more scientifically oriented students, a detailed study of the Baby M case that raises profound questions about the legal treatment of reproduction, and anannotated reading list that guides students past today's welter of popular ephemera to many important but lesser-known sources.

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This timely anthology helps students examine the normative and conceptual issues raised by recent innovations in human reproduction, including in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, and surrogate motherhood. Broad-based and interdisciplinary, it gathers together essays of remarkable depthand philosophical sophistication by legal sch...

Kenneth D. Alpern is at De Paul University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 6.06 × 9.17 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Biological, Technological, and Psychological BackgroundLawrence J. Kaplan and Carolyn M. Kaplan: Reproduction and Reproduction-Aiding TechnologiesMiriam D. Mazor: Emotional Reactions to Infertility II. Conflicting Perspectives: Issues, Positions, and ArgumentsSurrogate Motherhood: Not So Novel after AllJohn A. Robertson: Herbert T. Krimmel: Surrogate Motherhood Arrangements from the Perspective of the ChildFertilization of Human Eggs In Vitro: A DefenseR. G. Edwards: Vatican, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and the Dignity of ProcreationLeon Kass: The Meaning of Life--In the LaboratorySamuel Gorovitz: Progeny, Progress, and Primrose PathsIII. Why Have Children?: Meaning and SignificanceAristotle: On the Relationship of Parents and ChildrenSimone de Beauvoir: The MotherKenneth D. Alpern: Genetic Puzzles and Stork Stories: On the Meaning and Significance of Having Children IV. Making and Selling People: Production and CommerceMargaret Radin: Market-InalienabilityOliver O'Donovan: Begotten or Made? V. Reproductive Technology and Women: Opportunity or Oppression?Lori B. Andrews: Surrogate Motherhood, The Challenge for FeministsGena Corea: The Mother MachineMary Anne Warren: The Ethics of Sex Preselection VI. Constitutional Rights, Law, and Public PolicyJohn A. Robertson: Non-Coital Reproduction and Procreative LibertyGeorge P. Smith III and Roberto Iraolo: Equal Protection for Whom?Noel P. Keane: Legal Problems of Surrogate MotherhoodRosemarie Tong: The Overdue Death of a Feminist Chameleon: Taking a Stand on Surrogacy ArrangementsVII. Professional ResponsibilitiesEthics Committee of the American Fertility Society: Ethical Considerations on In Vitro FertilizationLeonard J. Weber: Social Responsibility Demands Treating All Patients in NeedAnn Neale: Responsible Stewardship Requires Not Cooperating with SurrogacyVIII. Case StudiesThe Case of Baby M: Parenting through Contract When Everyone Wants the ChildParenting through Contract When No One Wants the ChildProperty or Persons? The Status of Embryos in In Vitro FertilizationGlossarySuggestions for Further Reading

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"Excellent choice of articles to make up this anthology. I especially appreciate the religious contributions since they do represent a conditional of this topic."--Albert J. Smith, Wheaton College