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Better Never to Have BeenThe Harm of Coming into Existence$
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David Benatar

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296422.001.0001

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Having Children: The Anti‐Natal View

Having Children: The Anti‐Natal View

(p.93) 4 Having Children: The Anti‐Natal View
Better Never to Have Been

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This chapter argues that it is always wrong to have children. To this end, it discusses the purported right to reproductive freedom. It is argued that this is best understood as a legal rather than a moral right. The possible foundations for such a right are examined. It is argued that such a right should be limited, even when it is understood as a legal right. The chapter evaluates the views of the disability rights movement towards reproductive decisions. The possibility of wrongful life suits is defended. Finally, the relevance of the anti-natal view for artificial and assisted reproduction is discussed.

Keywords:   rights, reproductive freedom, disability, wrongful life, assisted reproduction, artificial reproduction

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