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How Safe is Safe Enough? : Obligations to the Children of Reproductive Technology

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This book offers a comprehensive roadmap for determining when and how to regulate risky reproductive technologies on behalf of future children. First, it provides three benchmarks for determining whether a reproductive practice is harmful to the children it produces. This framework synthesizes and extends past efforts to make sense of our intuitive, but paradoxical, belief that reproductive choices can be both life-giving and harmful. Next, it recommends a process for reconciling the interests of future children with the reproductive liberty of prospective parents. The author rejects a blanket preference for either parental autonomy or child welfare and proposes instead a case-by-case inquiry that takes into account the nature and magnitude of the proposed restrictions on procreative liberty, the risk of harm to future children, and the context in which the issue arises. Finally, he applies this framework to four past and future medical treatments with above average risk, including cloning and genetic engineering. Drawing lessons from these case studies, Peters criticizes the current lack of regulatory oversight and recommends both more extensive pre-market testing and closer post-market monitoring of new reproductive technologies. His moderate pragmatic approach will be widely appreciated.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 160 x 238.8 x 30.5mm | 453.6g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 3 line drawings
  • 0195157079
  • 9780195157079
  • 2,043,099

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"This is an important book because it emphasizes that regulation and laws are necessary with regard to asisted reproductive technology. The book strongly argues that legislation and regulation are essential if the powerful tool of reproductive technology is to benefit all of humanity in a safe and responsible fashion. Peter's take-home message is this: when scientific advances outstrip moral convictions (even among some practitioners), proactive legislation is necessary for the protection of all parties. In making its arguments, this book subtly erases the line between law and ethics." --New England Journal of Medicine "This is an important book because it emphasizes that regulation and laws are necessary with regard to asisted reproductive technology. The book strongly argues that legislation and regulation are essential if the powerful tool of reproductive technology is to benefit all of humanity in a safe and responsible fashion. Peter's take-home message is this: when scientific advances outstrip moral convictions (even among some practitioners), proactive legislation is necessary for the protection of all parties. In making its arguments, this book subtly erases the line between law and ethics." --New England Journal of Medicine "This is an important book because it emphasizes that regulation and laws are necessary with regard to asisted reproductive technology. The book strongly argues that legislation and regulation are essential if the powerful tool of reproductive technology is to benefit all of humanity in a safe and responsible fashion. Peter's take-home message is this: when scientific advances outstrip moral convictions (even among some practitioners), proactive legislation is necessary for the protection of all parties. In making its arguments, this book subtly erases the line between law and ethics." --New England Journal of Medicine "This is an important book because it emphasizes that regulation and laws are necessary with regard to asisted reproductive technology. The book strongly argues that legislation and regulation are essential if the powerful tool of reproductive technology is to benefit all of humanity in a safe and responsible fashion. Peter's take-home message is this: when scientific advances outstrip moral convictions (even among some practitioners), proactive legislation is necessary for the protection of all parties. In making its arguments, this book subtly erases the line between law and ethics." --New England Journal of Medicine "This is an important book because it emphasizes that regulation and laws are necessary with regard to asisted reproductive technology. The book strongly argues that legislation and regulation are essential if the powerful tool of reproductive technology is to benefit all of humanity in a safe andresponsible fashion. Peter's take-home message is this: when scientific advances outstrip moral convictions (even among some practitioners), proactive legislation is necessary for the protection of all parties. In making its arguments, this book subtly erases the line between law and ethics."--New England Journal of Medicineshow more

Table of contents

PART 1: THE INTERESTS OF FUTURE CHILDREN ; PART 2: RECONCILING CONFLICTING INTERESTS ; PART 3: APPLYING THE FRAMEWORKshow more

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