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Moral Parenthood

Joseph Millum


Most people believe that parents have moral rights and responsibilities regarding their children. These rights and responsibilities undergird the nuclear family and are essential to the flourishing of its members. However, their basis and contents are hotly contested. Do a child’s genetic parents have a right to parent her? Many people’s gut responses affirm the importance of genetic ties, but the moral justification for tying parental rights to genetics is unclear. Parents are permitted to make far-reaching decisions about their children’s medical care, education, religious practice, and disc ... More

Keywords: parent, child, ethics, parental rights, parental responsibilities, parental duties, parental obligations, best interests, family, moral parenthood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190695439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190695439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Millum, author
Joseph Millum, Ph.D., Bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health