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Future PeopleA Moderate Consequentialist Account of our Obligations to Future Generations$
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Tim Mulgan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019928220X.001.0001

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Reproductive Freedom

Reproductive Freedom

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(p.161) 6 Reproductive Freedom
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Future People
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Tim Mulgan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019928220X.003.0006

This chapter first establishes a strong prima facie Rule Consequentialist case in favour of reproductive freedom. Arguments against reproductive freedom are then examined and found wanting. Rule Consequentialism does not seek any precise population target, although the next generation must be large enough to provide cultural continuity and small enough not to overburden the environment. The empirical evidence suggests that in a stable society governed by an ideal code where women are provided with adequate education and a wide range of opportunities, a sustainable birth rate can be achieved. Reproductive freedom is thus no threat to the survival of society.

Keywords:   Rule Consequentialism, reproductive freedom, coercion, lexical, population size, public policy

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