Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Mr Charuvastra's claim that our commentary
places us on a slippery slope that leads to "eugenics and forced sterilizations"
is more than premature; it is mistaken. Our intent was to question society's
tacit assumptions about the scope of ethically responsible reproduction and
parenting. It is quite another issue to adopt more restrictive institutional
guidelines about any public good without a public discussion to represent
the interests of all of those most affected (especially those least able to
speak for themselves) by the proposed changes.
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