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Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, reproductive freedom, and deliberative democracy.
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PMID:  19251775     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this paper I argue that the account of deliberative democracy advanced by Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson (1996, 2004) is a useful normative theory that can help enhance our deliberations about public policy in morally pluralistic societies. More specifically, I illustrate how the prescriptions of deliberative democracy can be applied to the issue of regulating non-medical uses of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), such as gender selection. Deliberative democracy does not aim to win a philosophical debate among rival first-order theories, such as libertarianism, egalitarianism or feminism. Rather, it advances a second-order analysis that strives to help us determine what would constitute a reasonable balance between the conflicting fundamental values that arise in the context of regulating PGD. I outline a theoretical model (called the Reasonable Genetic Intervention Model) that brings these issues to the fore. Such a model incorporates the concern for both procedural and substantive principles; and it does so in way that takes provisionality seriously.
Colin Farrelly
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-02-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of medicine and philosophy     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1744-5019     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Philos     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-18     Completed Date:  2009-06-25     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610512     Medline TA:  J Med Philos     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  135-54     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bioethical Issues
Embryo Research / ethics*
Preimplantation Diagnosis / ethics*
Public Opinion*
Reproductive Rights / ethics*
Social Responsibility
Social Values

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