Equal Access to Parenthood and the Imperfect Duty to Benefit

Philosophy of Medicine (forthcoming)
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Should involuntarily childless people have the sameopportunities to access parenthood as those who are not involuntarily childless? In the context of assisted reproductive technologies, affirmative answers to this question are often cashed out in terms of positive rights, including rights to third-party reproduction. In this paper, wecritically explore the scope and extent to which any such right would hold up morally. Ultimately, we argue for a departure away from positive parental rights. Instead, we argue that the state has an imperfect duty to benefit involuntarily childless people in relation to their parental aspirations.

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Ji-Young Lee
University of Copenhagen
Ezio Di Nucci
University of Copenhagen


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