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Ethics, Sexual Orientation, and Choices about Children

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ISBN-10: 0262018055

ISBN-13: 9780262018050

Edition: 2012

Authors: Timothy F. Murphy

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Parents routinely turn to prenatal testing to screen for genetic or chromosomal disorders or to learn their child's sex. What if they could use similar prenatal interventions to learn (or change) their child's sexual orientation? Bioethicists have debated the moral implications of this still-hypothetical possibility for several decades. Some commentators fear that any scientific efforts to understand the origins of homosexuality could mean the end of gay and lesbian people, if parents shy away from having homosexual children. Others defend parents' rights to choose the traits of their children in general and see no reason to treat sexual orientation differently. In this book, Timothy Murphy…    
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Book details

List price: $6.75
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/21/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Timothy F. Murphy is Professor of Philosophy in the Biomedical Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is the author of Case Studies in Biomedical Research Ethics (MIT Press, 2004), Gay Science: The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research, and other books.

Series Foreword
The Controversy: Parents and Their Children
The Controversy Goes Mainstream
A Genetic Study Raises the Stakes
Book Reports, Mostly
In Defense of Trait Selection
More Debate
Beyond Rights
Not a Few Last Words
Appendix: Arguments for and against Prenatal Interventions