Reproductive Controls and Sexual Destiny
Murphy, Timothy F.
Bioethics. 1990 Apr; 4(2): 121-142.
Murphy considers the moral implications of the future possibility that certain reproductive technologies could offer the prospect of controlling sexual orientation. He discusses three arguments for and three against prenatal intervention to ensure heterosexual progeny and to avoid homosexual progeny. Interventions would appear to be immoral if motivated by heterosexism, a doctrine asserting the superiority of heterosexuality which Murphy believes is intellectually indefensible in its premises and morally wrong in its consequences. He argues, however, against legally banning the use of interventions to determine sexual orientation because "there are important freedoms to preserve in the domain of reproductive control and because it is not clear that the use of these interventions would adversely affect the interests of existing or future persons." (KIE abstract)
Abortion; Attitudes; Behavior Control; Children; Criminal Law; Diagnosis; Discrimination; Ethics; Eugenics; Fetuses; Freedom; Future Generations; Genetic Intervention; Government; Homosexuals; Human Characteristics; Law; Moral Obligations; Morality; Motivation; Normality; Parents; Prenatal Diagnosis; Psychological Stress; Public Policy; Regulation; Reproduction; Reproductive Technologies; Rights; Risks and Benefits; Roman Catholic Ethics; Sex Preselection; Sexuality; Social Control; Stigmatization;
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