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Equal Access to Parenthood and the Imperfect Duty to Benefit

Lee, J.Y. and Di Nucci, Ezio (2023) Equal Access to Parenthood and the Imperfect Duty to Benefit. Philosophy of Medicine, 4 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2692-3963

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Should involuntarily childless people have the same opportunities to access parenthood as those who are not involuntarily childless? In the context of assisted reproductive technologies, affirmative answers to this question are often cashed out in terms of positive rights, including rights to third-party reproduction. In this paper, we critically explore the scope and extent to which any such right would hold up morally. Ultimately, we argue for a departure away from positive parental rights. Instead, we argue that the state has an imperfect duty to benefit involuntarily childless people in relation to their parental aspirations.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Lee, J.Y.ji.young.lee@sund.ku.dk0000-0003-1573-7139
Di Nucci, Ezioezio@sund.ku.dk0000-0002-5734-6622
Keywords: Procreation Parenthood Infertility Healthcare systems ART Procreative rights Reproduction Assisted reproductive technologies Assisted reproduction Involuntary childlessness
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2023 13:29
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 13:29
Item ID: 22378
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/pom.2023.151
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: 3 August 2023
Page Range: pp. 1-14
Volume: 4
Number: 1
ISSN: 2692-3963

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