Publication
Title
Preserving childrens fertility: two tales about childrens right to an open future and the margins of parental obligations
Author
Abstract
The sources, extent and margins of parental obligations in taking decisions regarding their childrens medical care are subjects of ongoing debates. Balancing childrens immediate welfare with keeping their future open is a delicate task. In this paper, we briefly present two examples of situations in which parents may be confronted with the choice of whether to authorise or demand non-therapeutic interventions on their children for the purpose of fertility preservation. The first example is that of children facing cancer treatment, and the second of children with Klinefelter syndrome. We argue that, whereas decisions of whether to preserve fertility may be prima facie within the limits of parental discretion, the right to an open future does not straightforwardly put parents under an obligation to take actions that would detect or relieve future infertility in their childrenand indeed in some cases taking such actions is problematic.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Medicine, health care and philosophy. - Dordrecht
Publication
Dordrecht : 2015
ISSN
1386-7423
Volume/pages
18:2(2015), p. 253-260
ISI
000352221800011
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Publication type
Subject
Law 
External links
Web of Science
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Identification
Creation 02.10.2015
Last edited 23.06.2017