Philippa Taylor: The rights culture is a selfish dead end

Current debates about reproductive issues are an ethical minefield. Discussion about whether to create “three parent embryos” is the latest in a long list of rapid medical and social changes that are pushing against our legal and ethical boundaries.

Society seems to flounder from one issue to the next, trying to find a way forward that is acceptable to all, with little to guide except something we call “rights”.

Rights are meant to give us real guidance out how to go forward: “I have the right to have a baby”, “to not have a baby”, “to have a baby without blemish”, “to have a baby without any disease”, “to have a baby at 50”, “to use a surrogate”, “to die when I want.” The list goes on.

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