On being genetically "irresponsible"

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 10 (2):129-146 (2000)

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Judith Andre
Michigan State University
Leonard M. Fleck
Michigan State University
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: New genetic technologies continue to emerge that allow us to control the genetic endowment of future children. Increasingly the claim is made that it is morally "irresponsible" for parents to fail to use such technologies when they know their possible children are at risk for a serious genetic disorder. We believe such charges are often unwarranted. Our goal in this article is to offer a careful conceptual analysis of the language of irresponsibility in an effort to encourage more care in its use. Two of our more important sub-claims are: A fair judgment of genetic irresponsibility necessarily requires a thick background description of the specific reproductive choice; and there is no necessary connection between an act's being morally wrong and its being irresponsible. These are distinct judgments requiring distinct justifications
Keywords genetics  bioethics  responsibility  reproductive ethics
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DOI 10.1353/ken.2000.0010
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