Equal Access to Parenthood and the Imperfect Duty to Benefit

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Should involuntarily childless people have the same opportunities to access parenthood as those who are not involuntarily childless? In the context of assisted reproductive technologies, affirmative answers to this question are often cashed out in terms of positive rights, including rights to third-party reproduction. In this paper, we critically explore the scope and extent to which any such right would hold up morally. Ultimately, we argue for a departure away from positive parental rights. Instead, we argue that the state has an imperfect duty to benefit involuntarily childless people in relation to their parental aspirations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophy of medicine
Issue number1
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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