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The Bad Habit of Bearing Children
International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (2014)
  • H Theixos, University of Miami
Procreation – the act of having and raising biological children – is generally not a life choice that is subject to moral scrutiny. In this paper the authors argue that decisions to procreate are morally evaluable, and that such evaluation reveals that prospective parents have a defeasible obligation to prioritize adoption over procreation. The obligation is defeated by the lack of desire to become a parent, and also in certain cases where legal are logistically onerous. We conclude that for those prospective parents who are unaffected by the defeasibility conditions have a duty to prioritize adoption, regardless of the strength, power, or depth of the desire for biological offspring.
  • ethics children adoption procreation feminist philosophy
Publication Date
Spring 2014
Citation Information
H Theixos. "The Bad Habit of Bearing Children" International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Vol. 7 Iss. 7 (2014)
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