PHI2396 Lecture 13 October 30, 2013
• Tends to give a point of contrast about what is the value of reproducing. If adoption could
replace actual reproduction values, the thought of the technologies involved would be
• To establish the harm principle in reproductive technologies (the Procreative Liberty
Argument), we must insert the fact that most of its applications stem from religious
principles and that religiously, interference in reproductive autonomy is justified.
o i.e. if reproduction proceeds in the ‘usual manner’, the reproductive autonomy
would not be interfered with. Hence, the ones that use RTs should not be
o No harm is been done to the child that results from RTs because it’s a ‘claim’that
‘it is better to exist than not exist’unless substantial harm results from coming
The problems with this argument include;
• The second part of the argument is based on a conceptual mistake.
i.e. You cannot argue