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Privileging Adoption over Sexual Reproduction? A State-Centered Perspective
Permissible Progeny: The Morality of Procreation and Parenting (2015)
  • Jurgen De Wispelaere, McGill University
  • Daniel Weinstock, McGill University
In a recent paper, we argued that states ought to regulate access to assisted reproduction technologies (ARTs) in order to privilege adoption among prospective parents who cannot acquire children “naturally”. One important implication of the proposed scheme is that it appears to create an objectionable inequality between parents who can procreate naturally and those who cannot. State action in this area is ethically constrained in a variety of ways that preclude our simply seeing it as an enforcer of abstractly stated moral duties. One purpose of this chapter is to outline the constraints that impede the state’s ability to regulate natural procreation in particular. The latter go some way towards justifying the unequal treatment of natural parents compared to those requiring reproductive assistance. A second goal of this chapter, however, is to show several ways in which the state could nevertheless legitimately influence the reproductive choices of natural parents while avoiding the aforementioned constraints and optimizing for the interests of children in need of a family.
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Sarah Hannan, Samantha Brennan and Richard Vernon
Oxford University Press
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Jurgen De Wispelaere and Daniel Weinstock. "Privileging Adoption over Sexual Reproduction? A State-Centered Perspective" New YorkPermissible Progeny: The Morality of Procreation and Parenting (2015)
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