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Overview

In Reproduction, Technology, and Rights, philosophers and ethicists debate the central moral issues and problems raised by today's revolution in reproductive technology. Leading issues discussed include the ethics of paternal obligations to children, the place of in vitro fertilization in the allocation of health care resources, and the ethical implications of such new technologies as blastomere separation and cloning. Also considered are how parents and society should respond to knowledge gained from prenatal testing and whether or not the right to abort should relieve men of the duty to support unwanted children.

Reproduction, Technology, and Rights illuminates the moral and ethical choices that our society faces because of advances in reproductive technology and helps to make those decisions better informed.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Diane M. Kondratowicz, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book presents discussions from authors noted in philosophy and ethics on a number of problematic ethical issues engendered by reproductive technologies.
Purpose: This is the 13th volume in a series of texts, published annually, that review the literature on issues of critical importance in bioethics.
Audience: Written for a diverse audience, including philosophers, ethicists, and reproductive healthcare professionals, the book would also be suitable for instructors and students interested in the specific technologies and problematic issues addressed.
Features: Comprised of eight original essays, the book addresses diverse issues that are loosely arranged into three distinctive sections or parts. Part one includes three essays that debate whether women have an unqualified right to abortion and the rights and obligations of men in this context. Three essays included in part two discuss ethical issues associated with in vitro fertilization. Consisting of two essays, part three addresses how parents and society ought to respond to the knowledge prenatal testing yields. As preface to each section, the editors have provided a brief introduction that summarizes each author's contribution and, with respect to part one, highlights the differing viewpoints.
Assessment: Essays included in this collection provide a representative sampling of the many timely, important, and truly troublesome ethical issues reproductive technologies engender. Included among these issues are abortion rights and paternal duties; in vitro fertilization in a "just" healthcare system; selective termination in multiple gestation; blastomere separation and human cloning; obligations to abort in light of genetic information; and what justice requires for dyslexic children. In support of their positions, many of the authors offer philosophically rigorous, unique, and intriguing arguments that deserve serious consideration and warrant further debate and critical assessment. Overall, this book makes an important and worthwhile contribution to the ongoing philosophical debate concerning reproductive technologies.
Diane M. Kondratowicz
This book presents discussions from authors noted in philosophy and ethics on a number of problematic ethical issues engendered by reproductive technologies. This is the 13th volume in a series of texts, published annually, that review the literature on issues of critical importance in bioethics. Written for a diverse audience, including philosophers, ethicists, and reproductive healthcare professionals, the book would also be suitable for instructors and students interested in the specific technologies and problematic issues addressed. Comprised of eight original essays, the book addresses diverse issues that are loosely arranged into three distinctive sections or parts. Part one includes three essays that debate whether women have an unqualified right to abortion and the rights and obligations of men in this context. Three essays included in part two discuss ethical issues associated with in vitro fertilization. Consisting of two essays, part three addresses how parents and society ought to respond to the knowledge prenatal testing yields. As preface to each section, the editors have provided a brief introduction that summarizes each author's contribution and, with respect to part one, highlights the differing viewpoints. Essays included in this collection provide a representative sampling of the many timely, important, and truly troublesome ethical issues reproductive technologies engender. Included among these issues are abortion rights and paternal duties; in vitro fertilization in a just healthcare system; selective termination in multiple gestation; blastomere separation and human cloning; obligations to abort in light of genetic information; and what justice requires fordyslexic children. In support of their positions, many of the authors offer philosophically rigorous, unique, and intriguing arguments that deserve serious consideration and warrant further debate and critical assessment. Overall, this book makes an important and worthwhile contribution to the ongoing philosophical debate concerning reproductive technologies.
Booknews
The ethics of paternal obligations to children, the place of in- vitro fertilization in allocating health care resources, the ethical implications of such new technologies as blastomere separation and cloning, the response of parents and society to knowledge from prenatal testing, and whether women's right to abortion relieves men's responsibility to support children they do not want, are among the issues debated by philosophers and ethicists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896033269
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Biomedical Ethics Reviews (closed) Series , #1995
  • Edition description: 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 157
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Abortion and Fathers' Rights. Maternity, Paternity, and Equality. More on Fathers' Rights. Ethical Considerations in the Multiplication of Human Embryos. In Vitro Fertilization and the Just Use of Health Care Resources. The Morality of Selective Termination. On a Woman's Obligation to Have an Abortion. The Just Claims of Dyslexic Children. Index.
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