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

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

by Mary Warnock
 

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ISBN-10: 0192805002

ISBN-13: 9780192805003

Pub. Date: 10/30/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"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

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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."

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Techniques of assisted reproduction3
Who pays?10
The right that no stone should be left unturned14
What constitutes a right?17
Do people need to have children?27
Can there be a right to do what is morally wrong?30
The moral status of the human embryo32
Back to infertility38
May doctors refuse treatment?43
The slippery slope51
Interim conclusion54
Are those who are not infertile entitled to assisted conception?55
Openness64
Why do homosexuals want children?68
The natural and the unnatural70
The search for security78
Is fear a proper basis for moral judgement?83
Conclusions so far85
Are all methods of fertility treatment legitimate?87
Cloning: 1997-200197
Would the cloning of humans be intrinsically wrong?102
A rights-based morality109

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