9. Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Purdy: Genetic Selection Genetic Disorders • Can test fetuses • Can test adults to see if they are likely to pass on a disorder • Huntington’s as an example Dworkin’sargument • Not an issue about rights “[T]he…judgment that abortion is justified when the prospects for life are especially bleak is based on a[n] …impersonal judgment: that the child’s existence would be intrinsically a bad thing, that it is regrettable that such a deprived and difficult life must be lived”(98). The “Expressive” Objection Those who abort for genetic reasons express the view that those who live with the genetic disorder should have been aborted. Response Why couldn’t the decision instead express the view that no one should have to live with the condition in question? • How do we determine which particular view is expressed by a given decision? Other objections - Eugenics? - Community formation on the basis of difference capital-D Deafness - some deaf people say that it is not a disability but a way of life homosexuality - Openness to human variety we have to actively shape the life we have been given to have control over what your children have naturally, you fail to understand the way of nature you cannot simply have complete control Disease/disability can destroy a person’s attempt to have a meaningful life (but of course so can many
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course PHL 281H1 taught by Professor Professorainslie during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto.

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