Free to Decide: The Positive Moral Right to Reproductive Choice

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 31 (3):303-326 (2021)
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Abstract

The advent of novel assisted reproductive technologies has considerably expanded our sphere of control over our reproduction, and consequently, the scope of ethical debate surrounding reproductive choice. The widespread availability of genetic selection, in particular, raises questions regarding what reproductive choice does and should entail. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis for genetic selection builds on in vitro fertilization. It forces us to confront questions of whether a moral right to reproductive choice extends not only to the decisions whether to have children and how many to have, but also what type of children to have. Traditionally, reproductive choice has been grounded in negative...

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