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Reproductive liberty through a public health ethics lens: from individual rights to the public good of procreating populations

Författare och institution:
Christian Munthe (Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori)
Publicerad i:
30th European Conference on the Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
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Sammanfattning (abstract):
Reproductive bioethics has almost entirely proceeded within an individualist paradigm, where rights of parties are set against each other or societal interests. This paper takes some steps to analyse what happens if the ethical analysis of reproductive medicine and policy is instead approached based on public health ethical assumptions. That is, the general issues are about how society should organise itself with regard to the procreation of its population, and particular issues regarding, e.g., abortion, ART, contraception, pregnancy care, prenatal testing, etc. are analysed from that standpoint. Albeit there has been some public health ethical attention to sexual health issues, this way of approaching reproductive ethics has been ignored almost entirely, with a handful of exceptions the last few years taking account of, e.g., public expenditure on ART and environmental concerns linked to population policy. This presentation aims to sketch a preliminary theoretical framework for a general theory of reproductive public health ethics, within which such and further attempts may be placed and critically analysed, and to compare it to the traditional formats of reproductive bioethics. A general theory of reproductive public health ethics will view reproductition as a social rather than biological process, taking place at a collective level, and its values will hence be public goods and aggregates, while notions of individual rights and interests will not be primary. This view also means that there is no basic relevant distinction to be made between procreating a population through migration and through biological reproduction. The presentation will also make some work at preparing further analysis of the obvious conflicts and tensions bound to arise between this perspective on reproduction and that of standard reproductive bioethics.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Hälsovetenskaper ->
Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi
Hälsovetenskaper ->
Medicinsk etik
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Filosofi ->
Praktisk filosofi
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
reproduction, population policy, migration, ethics, politics
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Posten skapad:
2016-08-22 16:14
Posten ändrad:
2016-08-22 16:15

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