By Philip G. Peters
This booklet bargains a accomplished roadmap for deciding upon whilst and the way to control dicy reproductive applied sciences on behalf of destiny teenagers. First, it presents 3 benchmarks for settling on even if a reproductive perform is destructive to the kids it produces. This framework synthesizes and extends prior efforts to make experience of our intuitive, yet paradoxical, trust that reproductive offerings might be either life-giving and destructive. subsequent, it recommends a method for reconciling the pursuits of destiny young ones with the reproductive liberty of potential mom and dad. the writer rejects a blanket choice for both parental autonomy or baby welfare and proposes as a substitute a case-by-case inquiry that takes under consideration the character and significance of the proposed regulations on procreative liberty, the danger of damage to destiny young children, and the context within which the problem arises. ultimately, he applies this framework to 4 earlier and destiny clinical remedies with above usual hazard, together with cloning and genetic engineering. Drawing classes from those case stories, Peters criticizes the present loss of regulatory oversight and recommends either extra vast pre-market trying out and nearer post-market tracking of recent reproductive applied sciences. His reasonable, pragmatic technique might be commonly appreciated.
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1 (1967) (interracial marriage laws); Zablocki v. S. 374 (1978) (statute restricting remarriage by noncustodial parents with unmet support obligations). Poe v. , 518 F. Supp. 789 (W. D. Va. 1981). See Roberts, supra note 19, p. 20. Heyd, supra note 17, p. 52. On this point, I agree with Melinda Roberts that is possible both to insist that all morally relevant actions are "person-affecting" and also to recognize a duty to our future children. Roberts, supra note 9. Actions that affect the welfare of future children are personaffecting.
Yet the reality that reproductive decisions are guided largely by parental interests does not imply that parents are morally free to ignore other interests altogether. 34 For all of these reasons, Heyd's "no duty" theory is not persuasive. Instead, courts and legislatures can and should take the interests of future children into account when deciding whether to prohibit some reproductive practices or to impose safety regulations on them. Notes 1. Jan Narveson, "Moral Problems of Population," Ethics & Population, 59, 68 (1976); see Joel Feinberg, "Wrongful Life and the Counterfactual Element in Harming," 4 Soc Phil.
Childbearing, he suggests, is inherently a selfish choice. Yet the reality that reproductive decisions are guided largely by parental interests does not imply that parents are morally free to ignore other interests altogether. 34 For all of these reasons, Heyd's "no duty" theory is not persuasive. Instead, courts and legislatures can and should take the interests of future children into account when deciding whether to prohibit some reproductive practices or to impose safety regulations on them.
How safe is safe enough?: obligations to the children of reproductive technology by Philip G. Peters