What's morality got to do with it? The need for principle in reproductive technology and embryo research

James Andrew RICE

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Recent advances in biology hold out the real possibility of significant progress in the treatment of disease. At the same time however these technological discoveries have posed serious challenges to policy makers, the decision by the UK Court of Appeal in Zain Hashmi being a case in point. Judges and legislators have traditionally tried to apply principles of justice in the matters that lie before them. Future issues that involve genetic technology have the potential to involve more than this since they imply an imperative to redefine ethical perimeters. However the new genetics goes beyond this and necessitates redefining human perimeters as well. This paper considers a position broadly known as consequentialism – in which outcomes are to be as good as possible - and argues instead on behalf of an approach to bioethical issues which demands consideration of the fairness of the procedures employed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalEubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


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