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Ordinary ethics: lay people's deliberations on social sex selection

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jackie Leach Scully, Dr Tom Shakespeare


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This article summarises the results of a research project that used a scenario about sex selection of embryos for social reasons as a basis for discussion groups with lay people. The aim of the research was to examine the processes by which non-professionals make ethical evaluations in relation to a contested area in medical genetics. We note in particular the role played in the discussions by expressions of instinct; making distinctions; rational argument; reference to principles; use of personal experience; analogies and examples; slippery slope arguments and meta-reflections. The implications for developing processes of public consultation and debate are also considered.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Banks S, Scully JL, Shakespeare TW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: New Genetics and Society

Year: 2006

Volume: 25

Issue: 3

Pages: 289-303

ISSN (print): 1463-6778

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9915


DOI: 10.1080/14636770601032890


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