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What is the harm in harmful conception?: on threshold harms in non-identity cases

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Issue number5
Volume35
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)337-351
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date2/09/14
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Has the time come to put to bed the concept of a harm threshold when discussing the ethics of reproductive decision making and the legal limits that should be placed upon it? In this commentary, we defend the claim that there exist good moral reasons, despite the conclusions of the non-identity problem, based on the interests of those we might create, to refrain from bringing to birth individuals whose lives are often described in the philosophical literature as ‘less than worth living’.