Genetics and Reproductive Risk
Read the article “Genetics and Reproductive Risk: Can Having Children be Immoral?” by Laura M. Purdy, pp. 564–570. In
this article Purdy argues for the following thesis:
(T) It is morally wrong to reproduce when we know there is a high risk of transmitting a serious disease or
She argues for this using the example of Huntington’s disease (HD), and in particular the following situation:
(S) A couple wants to have biological children, i.e., children produced from their DNA or their egg and sperm cells. They also know that one of them has the gene for HD, and therefore is at a risk of passing HD onto their biological children.
Specifically, Purdy supports the following application of (T) to (S):
(A) It is morally wrong for the couple in situation S to reproduce without trying to avoid passing HD onto their
Answer the following questions, in enough detail to be understood by someone with no background in medical ethics.