AJOB Primary Research.

It’s Time to Reframe the Savior Sibling Debate

The creation of savior siblings has been the subject of intense ethical debate over the past decade. While ethical concerns might provide clinicians with valid reasons for not providing these clinical services, we suggest that it is more difficult to make a case for physicians not disclosing to the parents of sick children under their care the option of creating a savior sibling. We “test” the ethical objections to savior siblings empirically and conclude that they rely heavily on unsound theoretical or speculative arguments and inappropriately scrutinize parental motives for having children. We contend that empirical evidence makes this moral frame increasingly tendentious, and that debate about savior siblings should be reframed as debate about the ethics of nondisclosure.

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Volume 2, Issue 3
July 2011

Target Articles.

It's Time to Reframe the Savior Sibling Debate Kimberly A. Strong, Chris F. Jordens, Ian H. Kerridge, John Miles Little & Rachel A. Ankeny
Potential Workplace Discrimination Based on Genetic Predisposition: Views of Workers Laura Weiss Roberts, Liliana Kalogjera Barry & Teddy D. Warner
The Brazilian Ethics Research Review System: An Evaluation from the Perspectives of Institutional Review Boards Silvana Ferreira Bento, Ellen Hardy, Eliana Maria Hebling, Karla Simônia de Pádua & Maria José Duarte Osis