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Notes 8-30 - Nevin Bahadirli Personal Morality 21st C...

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Nevin Bahadirli Personal Morality August 30, 2006 21 st C. Families: Issues from ART/IVF Velleman 1. The Disposition Decision a. What to do with excess “embryos” that are the by product of in vitro fertilization (IVF)? i. Blastocytes – 3 day old fertilized eggs prior to implantation ii. 71% change their mind on what to do during the process of IVF iii. 50% abandon their embryos after three years b. Statues of Embryo i. Person? Tissue? Property with elevated status? c. Connection between biological mother’s interests and rights and embryo’s rights 2. Families made possible by IVF a. Is there a RIGHT to have children? b. If so, who has this right? c. How is this right guaranteed? i. Negative rights – can’t be interfered with ii. Positive rights – demand support for their exercise 3. Vellemen’s Perspective a. “Family history” argues that knowing your biological ancestors is necessary for self-knowledge and understanding b. Moral / policy implication: conception using anonymous gamete donation is immoral c.
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