Reproductive Choice

R. Bennett, John Harris

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Technological advances now provide individuals and couples with extended choices when it comes to reproduction. The availability of contraception and abortion allows considerably enhanced choice regarding if and when we reproduce. Reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), originally designed for those having difficulty reproducing coitally, now extend the choices of all adults who can gain access to them. Pre- implantation, and prenatal diagnosis techniques now provide prospective parents with an increased range of choices regarding what sort of child their offspring might be and in the future gene manipulation and cloning are likely to increase these choices dramatically. In this chapter we will explore the ethical issues surrounding these reproductive choices and ask the question, “What should and shouldn’t constrain choice in reproduction?”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Guide to Medical Ethics
EditorsRosamond Rhodes, Leslie P. Francis, Anita Silvers
Place of PublicationMalden
PublisherBasil Blackwell Ltd
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780470690932
ISBN (Print)9781405125833, 9781405125840
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

Publication series

NameBlackwell Philosophy Guides
PublisherBlackwell Publishing


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