Throwing the Baby Out with the Amniotic Fluid: Not All Reproductive Choices are Morally or Legally Equivalent
Michelle N. Meyer
Harvard Law School
May 5, 2009
Science Progress, May 2009
Harvard Public Law Working Paper
This essay written for Science Progress, "the premier online journal of progressive science and technology policy from the Center for American Progress," which was listed as one the journal's "Top Features of 2009,” uses the case of Nadya Suleman (a.k.a. Octomom) to argue for disentangling the ethical and legal analysis of decisions to and not to procreate.
A companion paper, States’ Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies: What Does the U.S. Constitution Allow?, is available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2127377. Two law review articles in progress, Rights To and Not To Procreate and Towards a Jurisprudence of Procreation, develop these ideas.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: abortion, personhood, moral status, assisted reproductive technology, ARTs, in vitro fertilization, IVF, embryo transfer, reproductionAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 9, 2012
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