Reproductive Freedom

Tim Mulgan

in Future People

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199282203
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603624 | DOI:
 						Reproductive Freedom

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This chapter first establishes a strong prima facie Rule Consequentialist case in favour of reproductive freedom. Arguments against reproductive freedom are then examined and found wanting. Rule Consequentialism does not seek any precise population target, although the next generation must be large enough to provide cultural continuity and small enough not to overburden the environment. The empirical evidence suggests that in a stable society governed by an ideal code where women are provided with adequate education and a wide range of opportunities, a sustainable birth rate can be achieved. Reproductive freedom is thus no threat to the survival of society.

Keywords: Rule Consequentialism; reproductive freedom; coercion; lexical; population size; public policy

Chapter.  16129 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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