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Freedom and Responsibility in Reproductive Choice

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Edited by: J.R. Spencer, Antje du Bois-Pedan

ISBN13: 9781841135823
ISBN: 1841135828
Published: April 2006
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £33.99



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What responsibilities, if any, do we have towards our genetic offspring, before or after birth and perhaps even before creation, merely by virtue of the genetic link? What claims, if any, arise from the mere genetic parental relation? Should society through its legal arrangements allow 'fatherless' or 'motherless' children to be born, as the current law on medically assisted reproduction involving gamete donation in some legal systems does?

Does the possibility of establishing genetic parentage with practical certainty necessitate reform of current legal regimes of parenthood? And what limits, if any, should we set on parental procreative choices in the interests of future children, particularly with regard to genetic engineering and related techniques? These are the questions explored in this book by some of the foremost legal, bioethical and biomedical thinkers.

Assembled with a view to assisting the reader to reflect critically on the ongoing social experiment, which medically assisted reproduction today, the essays in this collection highlight what are - and what else might in the nearby future become - possible reproductive options and respond to the difficulties we encounter in assessing these practices and possibilities from our traditional ethical vantage points.

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Subjects:
Medical Law
Contents:
Part I: The Rights and Wrongs of Reproduction
1. The Limits of Rights-based Discourse
MARY WARNOCK
2. Choosing Who: What is Wrong with Making Better Children?
THOMAS BALDWIN
3. Disability, Enhancement and the Harm-Benefit Continuum
LISA BORTOLOTTI AND JOHN HARRIS
Part II: Social Conceptions and Legal Regulation of Families and Family-making
4. Genes, Genealogies and Paternity: Making Babies in the Twenty-first Century
MARTIN RICHARDS
5. The Contingency of the ‘Genetic Link’ in Constructions of Kinship and Inheritance—An Anthropological Perspective
ALISON SHAW
6. Regulating the Science and Therapeutic Application of Human Embryo Research: Managing the Tension Between Biomedical Creativity and Public Concern
MARTIN H JOHNSON
7. Defining Parenthood
BONNIE STEINBOCK
Part III: Reproductive Autonomy and Parenthood
8. Parenting by Being
Parenting by Doing – In Search of Principles for Founding Families
JUDITH MASSON
9. Birthrights? The Rights and Obligations Associated with the Birth of a Child
ANDREW BAINHAM
10. Reproductive Choice: Men’s Freedom and Women’s Responsibility?
SALLY SHELDON