The Future of the Disabled in Liberal Society: An Ethical Analysis (Paperback)
An Ethical Analysis
University of Notre Dame Press, 9780268028572, 280pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2000
Reinders also argues that this conflict cannot be resolved or controlled on the level of public morality. Because a liberal society makes a commitment to individual freedom and choice, its members can consider the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of human genetics as options available to individual citizens. A liberal society will defend reproductive freedom as a matter of principle. Citizens may select their offspring in accord with their own personal values. Reinders concludes that the future of the mentally disabled in liberal society will depend on the strength of our moral convictions about the value of human life, rather than on the protective force of liberal morality.
This powerful critique of contemporary bioethics is sure to become required reading for those interested in human development, special education, ethics, philosophy, andtheology.