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Our right to in vitro fertilisation—its scope and limits
  1. T Tännsjö
  1. Professor T Tannsjo, Stockholm University, Department of Philosophy, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden, and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study; torbjorn.tannsjo{at}


There exists a derived negative right to procreative freedom, including a right to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and to the exercise of selective techniques such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis. This is an extensive freedom, including not only the right to the exercise of a responsible parenthood, but also, in rare cases, to wrong decisions. It includes also a right for less than perfect parents to the use of IVF, and for IVF doctors to assist them, if they want and can agree about the terms.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • i The idea has also been defended by Blackorby and colleagues,10 and by Broome.11 For an introduction to the discussion see Arrhenius et al.12

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