In this provocative book – deliberately provocative to make you sit up and written in a hurry because this topic is very important – I explore ethical and practical aspects of a form of human enhancement called private eugenics. That is one of the many names given to current and future practices in the area of assisted human procreation.
I ask a few difficult questions in this book. Why do we have so much trouble accepting ourselves and each other, for instance?
In this book, I loudly call for caution and point out that technological progress sometimes leads to mistakes that can be hard to correct once made. I also tackled the difficult task of defining “a life not worth living” which I based on the principle of humanity, namely that every human being has the right to a life in dignity.
I also argue for the creation of a new international category of legal personality for pre-embryos, embryos and fetuses up to 24 weeks, for a practice based on the principle of non-discrimination, for testing for a wide variety of conditions (including certain infections) at birth as well as for treatment and more support from the get-go.
A second edition of this publication is in the works and will fill in obvious gaps. Anyone who purchased the first edition can get the e-book version of the second edition from me at no additional cost.
It’s available as e-book from the major online retailers – such as Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble – and as paperback from Amazon.
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