Just ignore it? Parents and genetic information

  • Vehmas S
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Abstract

This paper discusses whether prospective parents ought to find out about their genetic constitution for reproductive reasons. It is argued that ignoring genetic information can be in line with responsible parenthood or perhaps even recommendable. This is because parenthood is essentially an unconditional project in which parents ought to commit themselves to nurturing any kind of child. Besides, the traditional reasons offered for the unfortunateness of impairments and the tragic fate of families with disabled children are not convincing. Other morally problematic outcomes of genetics, such as discrimination against individuals with impairments, and limiting free parental decision making, are also considered.

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  • Genetic information
  • Ignorance
  • Impairment
  • Parenthood
  • Reproduction
  • Responsibility

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