Who Has Parental Rights?

Norvin Richards

in The Ethics of Parenthood

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731749
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866311 | DOI:
Who Has Parental Rights?

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This chapter considers who would have parental rights if (l) creating a child is the first act of parenthood and (2) parental rights are liberty rights to continue what one has underway so long as it was innocently begun and violates no one's rights. The implications discussed include those for adoptive parents, rapists, victims of rape, those who create children under cultural conditions that leave the woman little choice but to agree to do so, those who use donor eggs or “surrogate mothers” to help create the child, same‐sex couples, and unwed teenagers who impregnate or become pregnant.

Keywords: parents; children; parental rights; adoptive parents; surrogate mothers; same‐sex couples; teenaged parents

Chapter.  14407 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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