Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Choosing Tomorrow's ChildrenThe Ethics of Selective Reproduction$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stephen Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273966.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 October 2021

Choosing One for the Sake of Another

Choosing One for the Sake of Another

(p.99) 4 Choosing One for the Sake of Another
Choosing Tomorrow's Children

Stephen Wilkinson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter starts by evaluating the Cost of Care Argument. This is a further argument against selecting for disability, one that (unlike those considered in Chapter 3) relies not on appeals to the welfare of the child created but on concerns about the costs that selecting for disability would allegedly impose on health and social services. Several reasons for being sceptical or cautious about using the Cost of Care Argument to justify reproductive decisions and policies are offered. The second part of the chapter discusses the deliberate creation of a saviour sibling (a new child whose tissue might be used to save the life of an existing sick child). The case against selection saviour siblings is reviewed and generally found wanting, although unsurprisingly there may be extreme versions of this practice that are objectionable (for instance, if parents planned to discard the saviour sibling once it had ‘served its purpose’).

Keywords:   child welfare, Cost of Care, selecting for disability, reproductive decisions, saviour sibling, social services, tissue, sick child, parents

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .