Making Babies: Is There a Right to Have Children? / Edition 1

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"Is there a such thing as a universal right to have children? Should medical assistance to have children be available to everyone? Are all methods of assisted reproduction legitimate? The development of new reproductive technologies has spawned heated debate and deep controversy about how fertility treatments should be used clinically and by whom they should be controlled. Many individuals and groups claim access to assisted reproduction as an essential right—not only clinically infertile heterosexual couples, but also single women, gay couples, post-menopausal women, and career-oriented couples who wish to delay having children. Others argue that the simple desire to have children cannot be the sole criteria to determine whether assisted reproduction should be a human right. Furthermore, some object to providing fertility treatment on the basis of age, sexual orientation, or other lifestyle features. Mary Warnock steers a clear path through the web of complex issues underlying these divergent views. She analyzes what it means to claim something as a ""right,"" examines the ethical problems faced by particular types of assisted reproduction, including artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization, and surrogacy, and argues that in the future human cloning may well become a viable and acceptable form of treatment for some types of infertility."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192805003
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Fertilization and Embryology, whose report formed the basis of legislation in the United Kingdom. Her most recent book is her autobiography, Mary Warnock: A Memoir.

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Table of Contents

Techniques of assisted reproduction
Who pays?
The right that no stone should be left unturned
What 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 wrong
The moral status of the human embryo
Back to infertility
2. May doctors refuse treatment?
The slippery slope
Are those who are not infertile entitled to assisted conception?
Why do homosexuals want children?
The natural and the unnatural
The search for security
Is fear a proper basis for moral judgement?
Conslusions so far
Are all methods of fertility treatment legitimate?
Cloning: 1997-2001

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