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Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges

Françoise Baylis and Carolyn McLeod


This book concerns the ethics of making or expanding families through adoption or technologically assisted reproduction. For many people, these methods are separate and distinct; they can choose either adoption or assisted reproduction. But for others, these options blend together. For example, in some jurisdictions, the path of assisted reproduction for same-sex couples is complicated by the need for the partner who is not genetically related to the resulting child to adopt this child if she wants to become the child’s legal parent. The book critically examines moral choices to pursue adoptio ... More

Keywords: adoption, assisted reproduction, ethics feminism, parenthood, biological relatedness, genetic relatedness, family, bionormativity, bionormative concept of family, biologic bias

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656066
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656066.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Françoise Baylis, editor
Dalhousie University

Carolyn McLeod, editor
University of Western Ontario

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Françoise Baylis and Carolyn McLeod

Part I Families

1 The Goods of Parenting*

Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift

Part II Bionormativity

4 The Families of Assisted Reproduction and Adoption

Lucy Blake, Martin Richards, and Susan Golombok

Part III Becoming a Parent

Part IV Becoming a Parent

7 State Regulation and Assisted Reproduction

Jurgen De Wispelaere and Daniel Weinstock

8 “Not for the Faint of Heart”

Carolyn McLeod and Andrew Botterell

Part V Special Responsibilities of Parents

Part VI Contested Practices

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