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Some advantages to having a parent with a disability
  1. Adam Cureton
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam Cureton, Department of Philosophy, University of Tennessee, 808 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996,USA; adamcureton{at}utk.edu

Abstract

Fertility specialists, adoption agents, judges and others sometimes take themselves to have a responsibility to fairly adjudicate conflicts that may arise between the procreative and parenting interests of people with disabilities and the interests that their children or potential children have to be nurtured, cared for and protected. An underlying assumption is that having a disability significantly diminishes a person's parenting abilities. My aim is to challenge the claim that having a disability tends to make someone a bad parent by arguing that the interests of prospective parents with disabilities and the interests of their children or potential children are often aligned and mutually supporting.

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