The assisted reproductive technology subsidy in Korea: criticism from a perspective of reproductive responsibility

  • Claire Junga Kim Ewha Womans University. College of Medicine. Department of Medical Education

Abstract

The Korean government’s new policy of subsidizing assisted reproductive technology (ART) fees to increase the birth rate reflects a lack of concern for future generations and their quality of life. It seems wrong to treat the future child as just a number that contributes to achieving the target birth rate, or as a mere means of solving a problem facing the current generation. However, when one tries to articulate the shortcomings of this new policy, one realizes that the ontological arguments surrounding this issue, namely the non-identity problem is complex. I propose the concept of reproductive responsibility as a response to the possible life. This concept presupposes a relationship between the reproductive agent and the possible new life. Since the concept draws the normative standard from that relationship, it resolves the non-identity problem and makes it possible to criticize the new policy of subsidizing ART.
Keywords reproduction, reproductive rights, reproductive responsibility, assisted reproductive technology
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How to Cite
Junga Kim, C. (2018). The assisted reproductive technology subsidy in Korea: criticism from a perspective of reproductive responsibility. Acta Bioethica, 24(2), 245-252. Retrieved from https://actabioethica.uchile.cl/index.php/AB/article/view/51628/54092
Published
2018-11-20