Parental Obligations and Bioethics
The Duties of a Creator
Series Editor: Mark J. Cherry, Ana S. Iltis
Routledge – 2014 – 162 pages
Series: Routledge Annals of Bioethics
This book examines the question of what parental obligations procreators incur by bringing children into being. Prusak argues that parents, as procreators, have obligations regarding future children that constrain the liberty of would-be parents to do as they wish. Moreover, these obligations go beyond simply respecting a child’s rights. He addresses in turn the ethics of adoption, child support, gamete donation, surrogacy, prenatal genetic enhancement, and public responsibility for children.
"This book is a valuable addition to what is already a rich philosophical literature on the question of what we owe to those we create. Throughout Prusak's style is direct, honest, engaging, and forthright."-David Archard in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Introduction 1. What Are Parents For? A Thought Experiment 2. The Costs of Procreation 3. Abortion and the Grounds of Parental Obligations 4. Whose Child? 5. Good Enough Parenting? The Child’s Right to an Open Future and the Ethics of Prenatal Genetic Enhancement 6. Back from the Future: Paying for the Priceless Child
Bernard G. Prusak is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College, USA.