Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies

Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies

by John A. Robertson

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Overview

Cloning, genetic screening, embryo freezing, in vitro fertilization, Norplant, RU486--these are the technologies revolutionizing our reproductive landscape. Through the lens of procreative liberty--meaning both the freedom to decide whether or not to have children as well as the freedom to control one's reproductive capacity--John Robertson, a leading legal bioethicist, analyzes the ethical, legal, and social controversies surrounding each major technology and opens up a multitude of fascinating questions: Do frozen embryos have the right to be born? Should parents be allowed to select offspring traits? May a government force welfare recipients to take contraceptives? Robertson's arguments examine the broad range of consequences of each reproductive technology and offers a timely, multifaceted analysis of the competing interests at stake for patients, couples, doctors, policymakers, lawyers, and ethicists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400821204
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2001
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 291
File size: 954 KB

About the Author

John A. Robertson is the Thomas Watt Gregory Professor in the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin, a fellow at the Hastings Center, and a member of the American Fertility Society. He is author of The Rights of the Critically Ill.

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Introduction: Technology, Liberty, and the Reproductive Revolution3
Ch. 2The Presumptive Primacy of Procreative Liberty22
Ch. 3Abortion, Contragestion, and the Resuscitation of Roe v. Wade45
Ch. 4Norplant, Forced Contraception, and Irresponsible Reproduction69
Ch. 5IVF, Infertility, and the Status of Embryos97
Ch. 6Collaborative Reproduction: Donors and Surrogates119
Ch. 7Selection and Shaping of Offspring Characteristics: Genetic Screening and Manipulation149
Ch. 8Preventing Prenatal Harm to Offspring173
Ch. 9Farming the Uterus: Nonreproductive Uses of Reproductive Capacity197
Ch. 10Class, Feminist, and Communitarian Critiques of Procreative Liberty220
Notes237
Index279

What People are Saying About This

Goldstein

A valuable and coherent book that brings together an apparently disparate group of reproductive technologies and practices through the examination of the principle of procreative liberty.
Robert D. Goldstein, UCLA School of Law

From the Publisher

"This book shows why John Robertson is correctly regarded as the leading legal theorist in the area of reproduction. On issues that have often brought extreme ideological responses from others, Robertson offers balanced, insightful, and persuasive analysis. There is not a better book on the ethical and legal issues of reproduction."—Dan W. Brock, Professor of Philosophy and Biomedical Ethics, Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Brown University

"A valuable and coherent book that brings together an apparently disparate group of reproductive technologies and practices through the examination of the principle of procreative liberty."—Robert D. Goldstein, UCLA School of Law

"Even if one disagrees with the particular answers which John Robertson gives to the ethical questions raised by the new technology, his book is nonetheless to be welcomed."—Anthony Daniels, Sunday Telegraph

Brock

This book shows why John Robertson is correctly regarded as the leading legal theorist in the area of reproduction. On issues that have often brought extreme ideological responses from others, Robertson offers balanced, insightful, and persuasive analysis. There is not a better book on the ethical and legal issues of reproduction.
Dan W. Brock, Professor of Philosophy and Biomedical Ethics, Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Brown University

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