- The Oxford Handbook of Reproductive Ethics
- Biographical Sketches
- The Discursive Context of Reproductive Ethics
- Access to Basic Reproductive Rights: Global Challenges
- Constructing the Abortion Argument
- Victims of Trafficking, Reproductive Rights, and Asylum
- The Commodification of Women’s Reproductive Tissue and Services
- Twenty-First-Century Eugenics
- Procreative Rights in a Postcoital World
- Reproduction as a Civil Right
- Conscientious Objection in Reproductive Health
- The Role of Providers in Assisted Reproduction: Potential Conflicts, Professional Conscience, and Personal Choice
- Ethical Issues in Newborn Screening
- How We Acquire Parental Rights
- Mothers and Others: Relational Autonomy in Parenting
- Procreators’ Duties: Sexual Asymmetries
- Reproductive Control for Men: For Men?
- Societal Disregard for the Needs of the Infertile
- Is Surrogacy Ethically Problematic?
- Parents with Disabilities
- Late-in-Life Motherhood: Ethico-Legal Perspectives on the Postponement of Childbearing and Access to Artificial Reproductive Technologies
- Justice, Procreation, and the Costs of Having and Raising Disabled Children
- Ethical Issues in the Evolving Realm of Egg Donation
- Sperm and Egg Donor Anonymity: Legal and Ethical Issues
- Who Am I When I’m Pregnant?
- Contemplating the Start of Someone
- The Possibility of Being Harmed by One’s Own Conception
- Understanding Procreative Beneficence
- Opting for Twins in In Vitro Fertilization: What Does Procreative Responsibility Require?
- Procreative Responsibility in View of What Parents Owe Their Children
Abstract and Keywords
Motherhood is a transformative experience for many women, bringing new dependency and the direct experience of the relational self. Relational autonomy theory understands how input from others is part of the capacity to make autonomous choices. With such interconnection, however, come vulnerability and particularly the risk of identity trapped by others’ outdated or problematic expectations. At the same time, children with strong bonds with their mothers may also develop their own expanded relational connections that distribute the opportunities and responsibilities for creating the child’s identity. Recognition and enhancement of these relational structures and norms can, in turn, help mothers avoid the feeling that motherhood requires complete self-sacrifice of their own interests and identities. The chapter concludes by exploring approaches to relational support of childrearing and how they might be structured effectively and fairly.
Sara Goering is Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Program on Values in Society, and has affiliations with the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, and the Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington. In addition, she currently leads the ethics thrust at the UW Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.
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