Reproductive autonomy: A case study
Reproductive autonomy (RA) has been challenged by the availability of genetic information, disability and the ethics of selective reproduction. Utilitarian and rights-based approaches, as well as procreative beneficence (PB) fail to provide compelling reasons for infringing RA, and may even be likened to dangerous eugenics. Parents are not morally obliged to prevent the birth of a disabled child. Society should rather adopt inclusivity, recognising and providing persons with disabilities opportunities for capability and worthwhile lives.
David R Hall, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital
Anton A van Niekerk, Centre for Applied Ethics, Philosophy Department, Stellenbosch University
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Date published: 2016-10-18
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