Reproducing Persons: Philosophical Essays / Edition 1

Reproducing Persons: Philosophical Essays / Edition 1

by Laura M. Purdy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801483220

ISBN-13: 9780801483226

Pub. Date: 04/28/1996

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Controversies about abortion and women's reproductive technologies often seem to reflect personal experience, religious commitment, or emotional response. Laura M. Purdy believes, however, that coherent ethical principles are implicit in these controversies and that feminist bioethics can help clarify the conflicts of interest which often figure in human reproduction.…  See more details below

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Controversies about abortion and women's reproductive technologies often seem to reflect personal experience, religious commitment, or emotional response. Laura M. Purdy believes, however, that coherent ethical principles are implicit in these controversies and that feminist bioethics can help clarify the conflicts of interest which often figure in human reproduction. As she defines the underlying issues, Purdy emphasizes the importance of taking women's interests fully into account. Reproducing Persons first explores the rights and duties connected with conception and pregnancy. Purdy asks whether conceiving a child or taking a pregnancy to term can ever be morally wrong. She challenges the thinking of those who feel the prospect of disability or serious genetic disease should not constrain conception or justify abortion. The essays next look at abortion from a variety of angles. One contends that killing fetuses is not murder; others emphasize the moral importance of access to abortion. Purdy considers the conflicting interests of women and men regarding abortion, and argues against requiring a husband's consent. The book concludes with a consideration of new reproductive technologies and arrangements, including the controversial issue of surrogacy, or contract pregnancy. Throughout, Purdy combines traditional utilitarianism with some of the most powerful insights of contemporary feminist ethics. Her provocative essays create guidelines for approaching new topics and inspire fresh thinking about old ones.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801483226
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Right to Reproduce: Limits and Caveats35
1Genetics and Reproductive Risk: Can Having Children Be Immoral?39
2Loving Future People50
3What Can Progress in Reproductive Technology Mean for Women?75
4Are Pregnant Women Fetal Containers?88
Pt. IIAbortion and the Right Not to Reproduce107
5Is Abortion Murder?110
6Abortion, Potentiality, and Conferred Claims: A Response to Langerak128
7Abortion and the Argument from Convenience132
8Abortion, Forced Labor, and War146
9Abortion and the Husband's Rights: A Reply to Teo161
Pt. IIINew Worlds: Collaborative Reproduction169
10The Morality of New Reproductive Technologies171
11Surrogate Mothering: Exploitation or Empowerment?182
12Another Look at Contract Pregnancy198
13Children of Choice: Whose Children? At What Cost?216
Selected Bibliography239
Index247

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