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The future of human reproduction : ethics, choice, and regulation
Harris, John, 1945-
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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x, 254 pages ; 23 cm.
Rights and reproductive choice / On the concept of pre-embryo : the basis for a new "Copernican revolution" in the current view about human reproduction / Eugenics : some lessons from the Nazi experience / Reproductive rights : feminism or patriarchy? / Woman's right to choose? : a feminist critique / Embedding the embryo / Price of eggs : who should bear the costs of fertility treatments? / Sperm as property / Some comments on the ethics of consent to the use of ovarian tissue from aborted fetuses and dead women / Ethical issues in pre-implantation diagnosis / Reproductive choice : a Muslim perspective / To everything there is a season? : are there medical grounds for refusing fertility treatment to older women? / Post-menopause, playground for reproductive technology? : some ethical reflections / Letter from a post-menopausal mother
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ISSUES IN BIOMEDICAL ETHICS General Editors: John Harris, University of Manchester; Soren Holm, University of Copenhagen. Consulting Editor: Ranaan Gillon, Director, Imperial College Health Service, London. North American Consulting Editor: Bonnie Steinbock, Professor of Philosophy, SUNY, Albany. The late twentieth century has witnessed dramatic technological developments in biomedical science and the delivery of health care, and these developments have brought with them important social changes. All too often ethical analysis has lagged behind these changes. The purpose of thisseries is to provide lively, up-to-date, and authoritative studies for the increasingly large and diverse readership concerned with issues in biomedical ethics--not just healthcare trainees and professionals, but also social scientists, philosophers, lawyers, social workers, and legislators. Theseries will feature both single-author and multi-author books, short and accessible enough to be widely read, each of them focused on an issue of outstanding current importance and interest. Philosophers, doctors, and lawyers from several countries already feature among the authors lined up for theseries. It promises to become the leading channel for the best original work in this burgeoning field. this volume: The Future of Human Reproduction brings together new work, by an international group of contributors from various fields and perspectives, on ethical, social, and legal issues raised by recent advances in reproductive technology. These advances have put us in a position to choosewhat kinds of children and parents there should be; the aim of the essays is to illuminate how we should deal with these possibilities for choice. Topics discussed include gender and race selection, genetic engineering, fertility treatment, ovarian tissue transfer, and post-menopausal pregnancy.The central focus of the volume is the interface between reproductive choice and public regulation. 'The Future of Human Reproduction is a roadmap for twenty-first century reproductive technologies written by leading thinkers in the field for philosophers, policy makers, and clinicians. However, it will perhaps be equally useful for parents and other members of our most important socialinstitutions, as we struggle to cope with the rapidly changing reproductive horizon.' Glenn McGee, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics

Author Notes

John Harris is Professor of Bioethics and Applied Philosophy, and Director of the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, at the University of Manchester. Soren Holm has a Chair in Bioethics at the Cardiff Institute for Society, Health and Ethics and is the director of the Cardiff Centre forEthics, Law and Society

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Choice Review

Human ability to control reproduction has increased dramatically during the past few decades. Infertile couples and postmenopausal women can how have children; gametes and embryos can be stored for future use; and zygotes can be genetically tested before implantation. However, all of these technological advances are embedded in greater ethical, economic, and social debates, often centered on issues involving individual choice versus public regulation. How does the interplay between these two levels work? Who should be making decisions with regard to reproduction? In this book, sociologists, ethicists, historians, and legal scholars tackle various debates surrounding private versus public regulation of reproduction. Fourteen chapters cover different topics ranging from rights and reproductive choice, conceptualization of the embryo, eugenics, power in making reproductive decisions, who should bear the cost of treatment, ownership of gametes and other fetal tissue, and ethical and individuals aspects of using fertility treatments on postmenopausal women. Each chapter is unique, some written in literary style, others in data specific/research format; what binds them together is the provocative way in which each confronts the matters of public versus private regulation of reproductive technologies. A resource for anyone who is grappling with any of the debates surrounding reproductive technology. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. N. Krusko Beloit College

Table of Contents

1 John Harris: Rights and Reproductive Choice
2 Maurizio Mori: On the Concept of Pre-embryo: The Basis for a New `Copernican Revolution' in the Current View about Human Reproduction
3 Jonathan Glover: Eugenics: Some Lessons from the Nazi Experience
4 Margaret Brazier: Reproductive Rights: Feminism or Patriarchy?
5 Marie Fox: A Woman's Right to Choose? A Feminist Critique
6 Simone Novaes and Tania Salem: Embedding the Embryo
7 Justine C. Burley: The Price of Eggs: Who Should Bear the Costs of Fertility Treatments?
8 Bonnie Steinbock: Sperm as Property
9 Charles Erin: The Ethics of Consent to the Use of Ovarian Tissue from Aborted Fetuses and Dead Women
10 Soren Holm: Ethical Issues in Pre-implantation Diagnosis
11 Gamal I. Serour: Reproductive Choice: A Muslim Perspective
12 Fleur Fisher and Ann Sommerville: To Everything there is a Season? Are There Medical Grounds for Refusing Fertility Treatment to Older Women?
13 The Post-menopause: Playground