Reproductive Technologies: A Reader

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Over a decade ago the field of bioethics was established in response to the increased control over the design of living organisms afforded by both medical genetics and biotechnology. Since its introduction, bioethics has become established as an academic discipline with journals and professional societies, is covered regularly in the media, and affects people everyday around the globe. In response to the increasing need for information about medical genetics and biotechnology as well as the ethical issues these fields raise, Sheed & Ward proudly presents the Readings in Bioethics Series. Edited by Thomas A. Shannon, the series provides anthologies of critical essays and reflections by leading ethicists in four pivotal areas: reproductive technologies, genetic technologies, death and dying, and health care policy. The goal of this series is twofold: first, to provide a set of readers on thematic topics for introductory or survey courses in bioethics or for courses with a particular theme or time limitation. Second, each of the readers in this series is designed to help students focus more thoroughly and effectively on specific topics that flesh out the ethical issues at the core of bioethics. The series is also highly accessible to general readers interested in bioethics. This volume collects critical essays by leading scholars on reproductive technologies, abortion, in vitro fertilization, prenatal diagnosis, and cloning. Included in this volume are David Adamson, James P. Toner, Thomas A. Shannon, Bonnie Steinbock, Laura A. Schieve, Richard J. Paulson, G. Pennings, Thomas H. Murray, Lori B. Andrews, J. M. Phillips.

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Editorial Reviews

Suzanne Holland
With this book, Shannon has amassed a collection of particularly well-chosen articles on current ethical issues in reproductive technology. This is a welcome addition for those of us who teach bioethics, whether at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Beyond classroom use, it will serve as an indispensable reference collection for bioethicists and others working in the field.
Timothy O'Connell
A valuable component of a creative series. Shannon uses a refreshing array of sources, providing readings that will challenge and fascinate students. An excellent resource for teachers and students alike.
Patrick T. McCormick
For over three decades, Tom Shannon—the maestro of bioethics 'readers'—has culled the best current writing on the topic and put together rich anthologies on the legal, societal, moral, and religious questions of this burgeoning field. This time out Shannon has focused his attention on reproductive technologies, and the resulting collection of seminal essays offers a short and dense course on the current state of the question, probing and unpacking both our technological progress and the human and ethical issues raised by new ways we are (or may be) reproducing ourselves. Nobody does it better.
Kevin Wildes
Shannon has edited an important book for an important series. The book is a comprehensive, thoughtful overview of an important area of medicine and bioethics. The essays in the book examine the challenges in reproductive medicine for patients and society. This book is a welcome contribution to the field of bioethics.
James J. Walter
Shannon has given us a very timely and helpful text on issues related to assisted reproductive technologies. His reader brings together recent articles from science, medicine, philosophy, and religion that students will find very useful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742531505
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Readings in Bioethics Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas A. Shannon is professor of religion and social ethics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of many articles and books in Catholic social thought, bioethics, and genetics. He is co-author with Thomas Massaro of Catholic Perspectives on Peace and War, with James Walter of The New Genetic Medicine, and is the editor of a series of readers in bioethics for Sheed & Ward.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Editor's Introduction Chapter 2 Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the United States Chapter 3 Progress We Can Be Proud Of: U.S. Trends in Assisted Reproduction Over the First 20 Years Chapter 4 Reproductive Technologies: Ethical and Religious Issues Chapter 5 Sex Selection: Not Obviously Wrong Chapter 6 Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Infertility Treatment Chapter 7 Low and Very Low Birth Weight in Infants Conceived with Use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies Chapter 8 Pregnancy in the Sixth Decade of Life: Obstetric Outcomes in Women of Advanced Reproductive Age Chapter 9 Reproductive Tourism as Moral Pluralism in Motion Chapter 10 What Are Families For? Getting to An Ethics of Reproductive Technology Chapter 11 Mom, Dad, Clone: Implications for Reproductive Privacy Chapter 12 Cloned Child

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