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

Banks, S. and Scully, J. L. and Shakespeare, T. (2006) 'Ordinary ethics : lay people's deliberations on social sex selection.', New genetics and society., 25 (3). pp. 289-303.


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.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Ethics, Sex selection, Lay people.
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Date deposited:15 August 2008
Date of first online publication:December 2006
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