David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Bioethics 26 (4):173-181 (2010)
A number of advances in assisted reproduction have been greeted by the accusation that they would produce children ‘without parents’. In this paper I will argue that while to date these accusations have been false, there is a limited but important sense in which they would be true of children born of a reproductive technology that is now on the horizon. If our genetic parents are those individuals from whom we have inherited 50% of our genes, then, unlike in any other reproductive scenario, children who were conceived from gametes derived from stem cell lines derived from discarded IVF embryos would have no genetic parents! This paper defends this claim and investigates its ethical implications. I argue that there are reasons to think that the creation of such embryos might be morally superior to the existing alternatives in an important set of circumstances
|Keywords||stem cells genetic relatedness parenthood embryos ethics gametes|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Sarah Chan & Muireann Quigley (2007). Frozen Embryos, Genetic Information and Reproductive Rights. Bioethics 21 (8):439–448.
Howard J. Curzer (2004). The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 29 (5):533 – 562.
Jeff Mcmahan (2007). Killing Embryos for Stem Cell Research. Metaphilosophy 38 (2-3):170–189.
Stephen Wilkinson (2010). Choosing Tomorrow's Children: The Ethics of Selective Reproduction. OUP Oxford.
Lee M. Silver (1990). New Reproductive Technologies in the Treatment of Human Infertility and Genetic Disease. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 11 (2).
Mark Moller (2009). Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and the Discarded Embryo Argument. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30 (2):131-145.
Helen Watt (2004). Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Choosing the “Good Enough” Child. [REVIEW] Health Care Analysis 12 (1):51-60.
Søren Holm (2006). Who Should Control the Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines: A Defence of the Donors' Ability to Control. [REVIEW] Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 3 (1-2):55-68.
Daniel Holbrook (2007). All Embryos Are Equal?: Issues in Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, IVF Implantation, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and Therapeutic Cloning. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 21 (1):43-53.
Ana Sofia Carvalho & Susana Magalhães (2012). Searching for Otherness: The View of a Novel. Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 16 (2):139-164.
Carolyn McLeod & Françoise Baylis (2006). Feminists on the Inalienability of Human Embryos. Hypatia 21 (1):1-14.
Dan W. Brock (2010). Creating Embryos for Use in Stem Cell Research. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 38 (2):229-237.
Carolyn Mcleod & Françoise Baylis (2007). Donating Fresh Versus Frozen Embryos to Stem Cell Research: In Whose Interests? Bioethics 21 (9):465–477.
Peter D. Sozou, Sally Sheldon & Geraldine M. Hartshorne (2010). Consent Agreements for Cryopreserved Embryos: The Case for Choice. Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (4):230-233.
Jane Maienschein (2002). Stem Cell Research: A Target Article Collection Part II - What's in a Name: Embryos, Clones, and Stem Cells. American Journal of Bioethics 2 (1):12 – 19.
Added to index2010-10-07
Total downloads7 ( #147,017 of 1,004,638 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #64,617 of 1,004,638 )
How can I increase my downloads?