Treating Children as Commodities
This chapter evaluates the claim that selecting saviour siblings involves the wrongful instrumentalisation and/or commodification of children. It argues that such claims are generally confused and unjustified. On the best available understandings of ‘commodity’ and ‘commodification’, embryo selection does not necessarily involve treating children as commodities, nor is there much reason to believe that there is a contingent connection between embryo selection and the commodification of children. Much the same goes for instrumentalisation and the claim that embryo selection involves treating children as ‘mere means’. Embryo selection may well involve the instrumentalisation of embryos (as opposed to children) and gamete selection may well involve the instrumentalisation of gametes, but this should not be troubling for anyone who does not regard embryos or gametes as persons or ‘ends in themselves’.
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