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Reproductive autonomy : a case study

Hall, David R. ; Van Niekerk, Anton A. (2016-11)

CITATION: Hall, D. R. & Van Niekerk, A. A. 2016. Reproductive autonomy : a case study. South African Journal of Bioethics & Law, 9(2):61, doi:10.7196/SAJBL.2016.v9i2.496.

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Reproductive autonomy (RA) has been challenged by the availability of genetic information, disability and the ethics of selective reproduction. Utilitarian and rights-based approaches, as well as procreative beneficence (PB) fail to provide compelling reasons for infringing RA, and may even be likened to dangerous eugenics. Parents are not morally obliged to prevent the birth of a disabled child. Society should rather adopt inclusivity, recognising and providing persons with disabilities opportunities for capability and worthwhile lives.

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