In Vitro Fertilisation: The Major Issues -- a Comment
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1983 Dec; 9(4): 196-199.
Mitchell, a sociologist, comments on a companion paper on in vitro fertilization by Peter Singer and Deane Wells. He criticizes the failure of Singer and Wells to consider the deleterious effects on society and on the children of artificial reproduction involving donated sperm or ova and accuses them of placing the desire of the individual to have a child above the good of society and of future generations. Singer, in a brief response, defends his utilitarian argument that reproductive technologies should be available to all. He does not consider knowledge of one's genetic identity to be a crucial issue, pointing out that the child's alternative is no existence at all. (KIE abstract)
Artificial Insemination; Children; Confidentiality; Donors; Embryo Transfer; Family Relationship; Future Generations; Genetic Identity; Human Rights; In Vitro Fertilization; Knowledge; Moral Obligations; Mothers; Ovum; Ovum Donors; Reproduction; Reproductive Technologies; Rights; Risks and Benefits; Selection for Treatment; Semen Donors; Single Persons; Social Impact; Sperm; Surrogate Mothers; Utilitarianism;
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