The Moral Obligation to Create Children with the Best Chance of the Best Life

@article{Savulescu2009TheMO,
  title={The Moral Obligation to Create Children with the Best Chance of the Best Life},
  author={Julian Savulescu and Guy Kahane},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Bioethics},
  year={2009}
}
According to what we call the Principle of Procreative Beneficence (PB),couples who decide to have a child have a significant moral reason to select the child who, given his or her genetic endowment, can be expected to enjoy the most well-being. In the first part of this paper, we introduce PB,explain its content, grounds, and implications, and defend it against various objections. In the second part, we argue that PB is superior to competing principles of procreative selection such as that of… Expand
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