Ethical Issues in the New Reproductive Technologies / Edition 2

Ethical Issues in the New Reproductive Technologies / Edition 2

by Richard T. Hull
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591023009

ISBN-13: 9781591023005

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Prometheus Books

In the last few decades, as new reproductive technologies have been developed, couples desiring children have increasingly turned to various medical interventions when natural conception has been unsuccessful. These new technologies have raised ethical concerns from various quarters, including medical ethics committees, the American Fertility Society, and the Roman

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In the last few decades, as new reproductive technologies have been developed, couples desiring children have increasingly turned to various medical interventions when natural conception has been unsuccessful. These new technologies have raised ethical concerns from various quarters, including medical ethics committees, the American Fertility Society, and the Roman Catholic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
In this informative overview of the ethical implications of reproductive technologies, philosopher Richard T. Hull offers a cross-section of the thinking of individuals specializing in the ethical and legal problems involved in this new area of medicine.
The contributors reflect interests as varied as those of the enthusiastic proponent of the new reproductive technologies, the feminist opposing the exploitation of women, the social critic worrying about erosion of the responsibilities of parenting, and the traditionalist concerned with the transformation of the fundamental moral fabric and social character of the family. Many of the chapters include cases for further discussion and reflection. Also included are three speculative scenarios: selections from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and Gena Corea’s report of the drive to develop an artificial womb.
New to this edition are a glossary, which provides succinct definitions of highly technical terms and Web sites for further information, and a thorough index.
This excellent collection of expert articles will stimulate appreciation of the complex and mutitiered character of moral decision-making as it is experienced by patients, medical professionals, and legislators and jurists charged with preserving, protecting, and applying justly the principles of society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591023005
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

1Legal and moral claims about the right to assistance in reproduction1
The constitutional aspects of procreative liberty9
Instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of procreation : replies to certain questions of the day23
Ethical considerations of new reproductive technologies45
2Artificial insemination55
The subversive sperm : "a false strain of blood"63
"There is of course the distinction dictated by nature" : law and the problem of paternity77
3Fertility drugs, GIFT, and IVF95
The ethics of in vitro fertilization105
Test-tube babies : ethical considerations119
Human in vitro fertilization : a conservative view131
A criticism of moral conservatism's view of IVF and ET149
4Gestational surrogacy and surrogate motherhood161
Surrogate mothers : not so novel after all169
In the matter of Baby M., a pseudonym for an actual person181
The baby broker boom199
The aftermath of Baby M. : proposed state laws on surrogate motherhood203
5Fetal monitoring, sex preselection, non-reproductive uses of fetuses, and forced medical treatment of pregnant women219
Moral obligations to the not-yet-born : the fetus as patient227
Compelled medical treatment of pregnant women : life, liberty, and law in conflict243
Genetic choice263
The ethical options in transplanting fetal tissue283
6Social consequences of increasing infertility, state control of gestation, and the possibility of artificial wombs : the future of reproduction?297
Historical notes on The handmaid's tale303
The Central London Hatchery : chapter one of Brave new world313
The artificial womb : an escape from "the dark and dangerous place" : chapter twelve of The mother machine323

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