Current Issues in Reproductive Ethics

 

Current Issues in Reproductive Ethics

Date: 30th October 2013 – Time: 18.00hrs – Venue: The Royal College of Midwives, 58 Howard Street, Belfast, BT1 6PJ

Professor David Archard, QUB and member of the HFEA

Do we have a right to have children? Do we have a right to procreate? Do we have a right to choose the kind of children we create? What do we owe those children we choose to bring into existence? These questions have increasingly preoccupied philosophers in recent years and their writing has been an interesting mixture of metaphysics (Is coming into being always a good thing?) and ethics (On what grounds would we justify the right of everyone to have a child?)

Questions such as these have increasingly preoccupied philosophers in recent years and answering them is of enormous importance for law and policy. However, the dominant answers of philosophers are a long way from the ordinary thinking of policy-makers and the general public. Indeed they can seem alarmingly counter-intuitive.

Professor Archard will offer an introduction to the debates in this area and will present what he considers to be the best answers to the most critical questions.