Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Rational Choice Under Risk and Uncertainty
23 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 11, 2013
In this paper I present an argument in favour of a parental duty to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). I argue that we should assume that if embryos created in vitro were able to decide for themselves, they would choose PGD as a method of selection. Therefore we should respect their hypothetical choices on the principle similar to the principle of patient autonomy. My thesis shows that no matter which moral doctrine parents subscribe to, they ought to conduct the PGD procedure in the situations when it is impossible to implant all of the created embryos and if there is a significant risk for giving birth to a child with a serious genetic disorder.
Keywords: Genetic Screening/Testing, In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer, Reproductive Medicine, Autonomy, Public Policy
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