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Children of Choice:
Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies
John A. Robertson

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"Robertson is quite good at explaining in advance the order of his arguments; and he provides a comprehensive account of different available methods of contraception, of the various possible treatments either for the remedying of infertility or for allowing single men or women, whether infertile or not, to have children, as well as discussing genetic manipulation."--Mary Warnock, New Scientist

". . . appropriate for students of ethics or anyone else interested in the moral, legal and policy implications of the advances in reproductive technology. . . . Its value lies in its willingness to present all the arguments, leaving the reader to ponder the ethical dilemmas and perhaps come up with some solutions."--Washington Times

"Robertson charts an ethical and legal course through the questions and concern posed by the reproductive techniques that are now available. . . . [He] weaves his way through a tangle of fascinating and often disturbing issues. . . . Children of Choice is indispensable for anyone caring for women, couples, or families--anyone who reaches out for guidance in making reproductive choices. It would also be valuable to women or couples contemplating abortion or the use of infertility services. . . . Well referenced and annotated, this clear and thought-provoking book demands a careful reading. It provides rich legal and ethical insights that will challenge and shape one's personal beliefs and professional ethics."--Dilys M. Walker, New England Journal of Medicine

"Should parents have the right to 'control offspring quality' through genetic screening and manipulation? Should frozen embryos be legally protected? In what ways? How would the introduction of RU486, the 'abortion pill,' change abortion in America? Bioethicist John Robertson tackles these difficult questions and many more in Children of Choice, a comprehensive look at the issues surrounding reproduction in a technological age. . . . a flawlessly researched, thoughtful book."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"This book is a valuable boost to the perpetual effort of society to overtake and accommodate new technology, specifically that affecting reproduction. . . . A review cannot do justice to the tightly constructed arguments, the endnotes that answer questions that pop into the reader's mind after a particularly controversial viewpoint is advanced, and the myriad case citations that address prior efforts to deal with these issues. . . . Professor Robertson has produced in his characteristic way a well-referenced evaluation that is consistent and coherent although not without controversy."--Journal of the American Medical Association

"Robertson offers the reader a balanced analysis on most reproductive concerns that confront physicians, lawyers, and the general public. . . . [His] broad knowledge makes this a strong book to help people understand these new ethical and legal frontiers."--Choice

"Even if one disagrees with the particular answers which John Robertson gives to the ethical questions raised by the new technology, his book is nonetheless to be welcomed."--Anthony Daniels, Sunday Telegraph


"This book shows why John Robertson is correctly regarded as the leading legal theorist in the area of reproduction. On issues that have often brought extreme ideological responses from others, Robertson offers balanced, insightful, and persuasive analysis. There is not a better book on the ethical and legal issues of reproduction."--Dan W. Brock, Professor of Philosophy and Biomedical Ethics, Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Brown University

"A valuable and coherent book that brings together an apparently disparate group of reproductive technologies and practices through the examination of the principle of procreative liberty."--Robert D. Goldstein, UCLA School of Law

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