Reproductive Technology

Robert Wachbroit and David Wasserman

in The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284238
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577291 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Reproductive Technology

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Reproductive technologies enable a couple to have, or avoid having, a particular kind of child. Couples can learn much about some of the medical problems their offspring might have even before their child is born; and, in some cases, even before conception. These developments have had a profound effect in framing reproductive decisions. This article focuses the discussion on these issues, which arise directly from the convergence of reproductive and genetic technologies. But it also explores some important, and related, implications that convergence has for the other three groups of issues: the moral assessment of risks, the involvement of third parties, and the status and disposition of various reproductive materials. In examining these issues, the article distinguishes concerns about the products, processes, and reasons involved in the use of new reproductive and genetic technologies, an approach which is described here.

Keywords: reproductive technologies; conception; medical problem; genetic technologies; moral assessment; risk assessment

Article.  12367 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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