Title

What's morality got to do with it? The need for principle in reproductive technology and embryo research

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics

Publication Date

2005

Volume

15

Issue

1

First Page

15

Last Page

21

Abstract

Recent advances in biology hold out the real possibility of significant progress in the treatment of disease. At the same time however these technological discoveries have posed serious challenges to policy makers, the decision by the UK Court of Appeal in Zain Hashmi being a case in point. Judges and legislators have traditionally tried to apply principles of justice in the matters that lie before them. Future issues that involve genetic technology have the potential to involve more than this since they imply an imperative to redefine ethical perimeters. However the new genetics goes beyond this and necessitates redefining human perimeters as well. This paper considers a position broadly known as consequentialism – in which outcomes are to be as good as possible - and argues instead on behalf of an approach to bioethical issues which demands consideration of the fairness of the procedures employed.

Print ISSN

11732571

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Rice, J. A. (2005). What's morality got to do with it? The need for principle in reproductive technology and embryo research. Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 15(1), 15-21. Retrieved from http://www.eubios.info/EJ12005.pdf