The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights
Chapter 15: Reprogenetics
Reproductive genetic technologies fall at the intersection between the development of assisted reproductive technologies and advances in our understanding of human genetics. Genetic testing can now influence reproductive decisions prior to conception, prior to the transfer of embryos into a woman's uterus, and during pregnancy. The original goal of most of this testing was to give couples at risk of passing a serious genetic disease on to their children more reproductive choices, but use has expanded to include screening for risk of adult-onset diseases and the ability to select for socially desirable traits, such as sex.
Use and further development of these technologies have raised a host of ethical questions about safety, the moral status of embryos and fetuses, the appropriate use of these technologies, ...