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Title: Parental Selecting and Autism
Authors: Baccarini, Elvio
Lekić Barunčić, Kristina
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disordersbiological enhancementgenetic selectionprocreative beneficencepublic reason
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Elvio Baccarini, Kristina Lekić Barunčić, "Parental Selecting and Autism" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2018) XX/3", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018, pp. 21-34
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
According to Savulescu and Kahane’s principle of Procreative Beneficence, potential parents have
a strong moral reason to select the child who will, on the basis of her genetic furniture, enjoy the
most well-being. Embryos with a tendency towards autism are considered to have reduced wellbeing,
and therefore, it is morally advised, when possible, not to select them. We claim that, in the
case of mild autism, the principle of Procreative Beneficence should not be carried out, and more
precisely, that there is no victorious public reason for potential parents to negatively select an
embryo with mild autism. The focus of our argument is put on talents and abilities specific to
persons with autism, and because of them, we can reasonably find this condition as that of a
valuable human life. We extend the debate and discuss a question of enhancement. In this context,
our proposal is future-oriented, under the assumption that needed biomedical resources will
become available. Our thesis is that potential parents that have a child with mild autism have a
moral obligation to use biomedical resources to remove or reduce their child’s impairment, under
the condition that the enhancement does not affect child’s talents and abilities.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
DOI: 10.13137/1825-5167/22583
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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