Introduced and moderated by John Appleby (CFR).
This session is not meant to be an exhaustive discussion of any single issue or set of issues in the ethics of reproduction. Rather, the motive of this session is to discuss the ethics of some emerging (and all too often neglected) reproductive issues.
The session will begin with a brief introduction and justification for the topics of discussion that have been selected. The three areas of reproductive ethics that will be discussed are:
1. Artificial gametes
Here we’ll talk about the potential ethical implications that artificial gametes might have if they become a viable treatment option. A quick overview will also be provided on the relevant science.
2. Male pregnancy (and other questions of justice)
This will be a discussion about the prospect of male pregnancy and about who should be given fertility treatment. We’ll follow this up by discussing further questions about the priority we ought to give reproductive medicine when rationing scarce medical resources.
3. Limiting population
Is it time we spend more time talking about the potential need to stop having as many babies as we do? We’ll discuss some arguments for and against this idea.
No pre-reading is necessary for the workshop. However, an interesting and relevant reading on the ethics of male pregnancy is available here:
Title: Robert Sparrow. Is it “Every Man’s Right to Have Babies If He Wants Them”? Male Pregnancy and the Limits of Reproductive Liberty.
Open to all. No registration required
Part of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum.
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