Saturday, March 26, 2005

Reproductive freedom - allowing parents to decide

Why the critics got it wrong over 'designer babies': The recent UK report , which allows couples much more choice as to what can be done with their embryos , has raised considerable controversy . In my opinion, this is a well-thought out sensible report. As this author says " Reproduction is generally regarded as a private matter. The state has the right to intervene only when there is evidence of harm. The evidence obtained over the past decades points to an absence of harm. Therefore, there is no justification for interfering with such reproductive choices. Thus, the committee was able to embrace the concept of reproductive liberty: something which is regarded as a positive good. The logical result of this is that decisions about the use of assisted reproduction are a matter between doctor and patient."

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