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Permissible Progeny?The Morality of Procreation and Parenting$
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Sarah Hannan, Samantha Brennan, and Richard Vernon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199378111

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378111.001.0001

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Privileging Adoption over Sexual Reproduction?

Privileging Adoption over Sexual Reproduction?

A State-Centered Perspective

(p.208) Chapter 9 Privileging Adoption over Sexual Reproduction?
Permissible Progeny?

Jurgen De Wispelaere

Daniel Weinstock

Oxford University Press

What, if any, are the obligations of those who engage in natural sexual procreation towards the many children in need of an adoptive family? And what role, if any, can or should the state play in promoting or enforcing those obligations? Taking a state-centered perspective, this chapter reviews the difficulties the state encounters when attempting to regulate sexual procreation. Where reproductive policy can relatively easily induce potential parents who are unable to conceive naturally to adopt (by influencing the cost of assisted reproduction), it does not have this option in the case of sexual reproduction. This chapter suggests that typical regulatory options that directly impact on sexual procreation are ethically suspect. The alternative, the chapter argues, is for the state to move its focus “upstream” by shaping the background context for adoption decisions in an attempt to promote more potential parents to consider adoption instead of natural procreation.

Keywords:   adoption, Assisted Reproduction Technologies, ART, relationship goods, biologism, child policy

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