'The Good of the Child'
Bioethics. 1987 Apr; 1(2): 141-155.
Warnock, chair of Britain's Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology, discusses the implications of the "artificial family" for children born through the use of reproductive technologies. She considers both treatment of infertility and the possible use of assisted reproduction to enable persons other than infertile couples, such as single persons and homosexuals, to have children. Warnock has found that emphasis has been placed on the wants and well-being of the adult(s) involved, and that the "good of the child" is a "wide and vague concept, widely invoked, not always plausibly." She is particularly concerned about children born as a result of the delayed implantation of frozen embryos, AID children who are deceived about their origins, and children born of surrogate pregnancies. She recommends that a detailed study of existing "artificial family" children be conducted to aid public policy decisions on assisted reproduction. (KIE abstract)
Adoption; Adults; Advisory Committees; Artificial Insemination; Children; Confidentiality; Cryopreservation; Deception; Embryo Transfer; Embryos; Homosexuals; In Vitro Fertilization; Infertility; Legal Aspects; Mothers; Public Policy; Reproduction; Reproductive Technologies; Rights; Selection for Treatment; Single Persons; Surrogate Mothers;
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Warnock, Mary; Gaffin, Jean (1985-07-20)Warnock's article is based on a lecture she delivered at a St. Catherine's College seminar, and Gaffin summarizes the discussion that followed. Warnock focuses on the second part of the report of the committee she chaired, ...