By Ruth Chadwick
During this revised version of Ethics, replica and Genetic keep an eye on, prime scientists discover the character and the pursuits of ``test tube'' replica and genetic engineering and their eugenic implications. This version includes a new preface, and makes an important contribution to the fields of utilized philosophy and ethics. unlike the Warnock file, this prolonged statement considers matters within the context of a social ethic instead of the individualist standpoint. the amount offers a discussion board for debate among technology and society. The essays draw out the criminal and moral difficulties raised by way of new advancements in genetic engineering. the moral dilemmas are mentioned not just from the point of view of secular ethical philosophy but additionally from a theological standpoint.
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G. 29 Just as it may be important whether we speak of reproduction instead of procreation, just so it may be important whether we speak of begetting or rearing. With our distinctions made, we can go on to assess whether we should assign a right to reproduce on the basis of a desire to do so. The argument from desire We have seen that the desire for a child may be one of a number of different desires, or perhaps a combination of them. What we have to consider now, however, is whether the fact that such a desire exists constitutes a good argument for the use of reproductive technology.
11 7 Having Children Are there any clues which might make the reasoning less obscure? Let us consider her remarks concerning embryo research. One criterion she mentions is that embryo research is publicly financed. But this, while sufficient to bring it into the public arena, is not a necessary condition for her purposes, for she says that even if embryo research were privately financed it should be controlled by law. This is inconsistent with a wholehearted application of the finance criterion.
We need however to look at what is the basis, if any, for the right, at its justification, to see if it provides an argument for a positive right. As John Harris has pointed out,3 rights can be treated either as the starting points or as the conclusions of argument. Those who use them in the first sort of way may regard them as natural, or self-evident. 4 Perhaps the suggestion is that the right to reproduce is self-evident. g. to those who see a child as a gift from God, as a blessing on a marriage, but certainly not as something to which couples or individuals have a right.
Ethics, Reproduction and Genetic Control by Ruth Chadwick