Harms to 'others' and the selection against disability view

Williams, Nicola (2017) Harms to 'others' and the selection against disability view. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 42 (2). pp. 154-183. ISSN 0360-5310

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Abstract

In recent years, the question of whether prospective parents might have a moral obligation to select against disability in their offspring has piqued the attention of many prominent philosophers and bioethicists, and a large literature has emerged surrounding this question. Rather than looking to the most common arguments given in support of a positive response to the above-mentioned question, such as those focusing on the harms disability may impose on the child created, duties and role-specific obligations, and impersonal ‘harms’, a less commonly made set of arguments is focused upon which looks to the harms that a decision not to select against disability may impose on others. Three different possible arguments supporting a limited duty of disability avoidance are thus identified and subsequently explored: harms to parents themselves, harms to existing family members, and harms to other existing members of society.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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75449
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Deposited On:
09 Sep 2015 06:33
Refereed?:
Yes
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Published
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07 Jul 2020 04:00