Ethical challenges and the new technologies of reproduction

Brenda Almond

in Ethics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347558
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302216 | DOI:
Ethical challenges and the new technologies of reproduction

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This chapter examines how far law should control advances in reproductive technologies. Through new technologies, children can be born to individuals to whom they are not related. Such children may not have wider family networks, relationships, and a related sense of identity, raising questions about the concept of family as a social, legal, and biological construct. It is argued that deployment of the new technological options involves a responsibility which has not existed before to protect the welfare and rights of people at a vulnerable stage of existence, when they are unable to protect themselves.

Keywords: reproductive technologies; law; welfare; human rights; ethics

Chapter.  4644 words. 

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