Consequentialism without Consequences: Ethics and Embryo Research

Sarah Chan, John Harris

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Abstract

The legitimacy of embryo research, use, and destruction is among the most important issues facing contemporary bioethics. In the preceding paper, Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu took up an argument of John Harris and tried to find some new ways of avoiding its dramatic consequences. They noted that: “John Harris has argued that if … it is morally permissible to engage in reproduction … despite knowledge that a large number of embryos will fail to implant and quickly die, then … it is morally permissible to produce embryos for other purposes that involve killing them, for instance, to harvest stem cells” and suggest that this argument fails.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-74
Number of pages14
JournalCambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • NATURAL REPRODUCTION
  • DISABILITY
  • LESSONS
  • LOTTERY

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