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Influencing Traits Before Birth

Pattinson, Shaun D.

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In this informative and captivating book the author presents a moral critique of the laws governing the creation of "designer babies." Alan Gewirth's Principle of Generic Consistency is used as the starting point for developing a framework, which is then used to critique the legal position in the EU countries (with particular reference to the UK), Canada and the USA. The conclusion the author reaches is that a proper moral response to the issues covered must take account of specified prima facie presumptions, to be applied by legitimately appointed regulatory bodies. The text assesses the adequacy of existing regulatory responses by reference to these presumptions. Also containing detailed appendices summarizing the legal position with regard to abortion and prenatal diagnosis, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, in vitro embryo research, cloning, and germ-line gene therapy in the countries mentioned above, this volume is an indispensable resource for both students and scholars with a keen interest in this highly contested field.


Pattinson, S. D. (2002). Influencing Traits Before Birth. Ashgate Publishing

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Oct 1, 2002
Deposit Date Feb 11, 2009
Publicly Available Date Jul 16, 2013
ISBN 075462286X8
Keywords Bioethics medical law.
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Additional Information First published 2002 by Ashgate Publishing. Reissued 2018 by Routledge.


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Used by permission of the Publishers of 'Influencing traits before birth' by S.D. Pattinson (Farnham etc.: Ashgate, 2002), © Ashgate Publishing 2002.

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