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Procreative Procrastination: The Ethics of Postponed Parenthood

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Författare Daniela Cutas
Anna Smajdor
Kristien Hens
Publicerad i Preventing Age Related Fertility Loss / edited by Dominic Stoop.
Sidor 141-156
ISBN 978-3-319-14857-1
Förlag Springer
Förlagsort Cham
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori
Sidor 141-156
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14857-...
Ämnesord postponed parenthood, procreative procrastination, older mothers, fatherhood
Ämneskategorier Medicinsk etik, Etik

Sammanfattning

In recent years, there has been growing concern over the perceived tendency of women to postpone childbearing. In this chapter, we show that some of the responses to the phenomenon of postponed reproduction are deeply problematic. The question of whether it is accurate to construe later motherhood as postponement at all is far from clear. Moreover, public health messages tend to recommend earlier motherhood as a way of avoiding risks, but this is a crude oversimplification: reproduction involves risks whenever it is undertaken. The focus on risk calls into question some of the strategies intended to remedy postponement of parenthood. There is also the question of where men feature in these decisions: they are all but absent in the public health material and media debates. We consider whether technology could offer a solution to postponement of parenthood, whether there are any benefits to postponement, and finally, whether postponed parenthood could itself be seen as part of a broader trend towards neoteny (the delaying of maturity) in human evolution.

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