- 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
Parents with disabilities face widespread obstacles arising from social attitudes about disability. Yet having and raising children is highly valuable for many people, with or without disabilities. Common stereotypes are that people with disabilities are less fit than others to be parents and that their children are likely to have worse lives than other children. These stereotypes are reflected in the history of eugenics, in sterilization laws, and in legal decisions about custody and parental rights. Yet justice requires that people with disabilities have access to a fair share of resources to pursue their aims and projects, which may include having children. Parental fitness must be assessed without bias and with the recognition that parenting may be performed in different ways, including adaptive strategies and accommodations. Parents with disabilities can provide special benefits as well, including bonds of proximity, greater patience and self-reliance, and compassion for others.
Adam Cureton, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee
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