New from CLF
An essay recently published in the Journal of Medical Ethics argues that “three-parent embryo” technologies (3-PETs) should be made accessible to lesbian couples where both women want to be genetically related to the children they create. Currently, 3-PETS are only legal in the UK, and only for addressing a rare degenerative condition. Should their use be expanded in the name of “reproductive freedom,” or should the welfare of the children to be created also be considered? Read
The push by some segments of society to gain acceptance of the notion that a person has the right, and even duty, to define himself in whatever manner he feels is fitting has resulted in an increased number of people who are personally acquainted with someone not living in accord with his or her birth-sex. So, when neighbors, friends or family members say their child is “transgender,” how should one respond in a helpful and positive way?
In my bioethical work over the past twenty years, I have found the morality of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to be one of the most difficult issues for sincere people to grasp. One reason is that IVF involves bringing life into existence. People often have a niece or nephew or grandchild conceived that way. They love these children and feel the world is a better place because of them. Anything that casts doubt on the morality of their conception causes them to feel defensive. And yet, the ethical problems raised by IVF only continue to get worse. Read