"Give Me Children or I Shall Die!": New Reproductive Technologies and Harm to Children
Cohen, Cynthia B.
Hastings Center Report. 1996 Mar-Apr; 26(2): 19-27.
...[I]f it were known ahead of time that children conceived with the assistance of the new reproductive technologies would not have an adequate opportunity for health, it would be wrong to use them. Assessment of when and whether this would be the case would be carried out in light of the personal, familial, and social circumstances into which these children would be born. This means that would-be parents who consider resorting to the new reproductive technologies must be informed about the risks these techniques would present to the children born as a result of their use, the means available for ameliorating deficits these children might experience, and what social support would be available should they lack the resources to address such deficits on their own. Only then can they decide whether they ought to proceed with these techniques. To implement this recommendation, evidence for and against the contention that the new reproductive technologies cause serious or devastating physical, psychological, or social harm to the resulting children should be investigated more thoroughly than at present....
Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Children; Compensation; Congenital Disorders; Cultural Pluralism; Death; Future Generations; Harm; Health; Health Care; Injuries; Life; Moral Obligations; Moral Policy; Normality; Parents; Personhood; Quality of Life; Reproduction; Reproductive Technologies; Risk; Risks and Benefits; Standards; Suffering; Value of Life; Values; Wrongful Life;
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