Monash Bioethics Review

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 33–37 | Cite as

A child’s right to a father

  • C. L. Ten


Recently a child’s right to a father was invoked to justify the prevention of single women from obtaining access to IVF. This article explores the conceptual and normative issues about the nature of the right and its conflict with a woman’s right to procreative autonomy. The discussion relates the conceptual issues to those raised in the context of ‘wrongful life’ tort cases. It concludes that the right to be born with a father, although conceptually sound, does not justify the restriction on the procreative right of single women.


Child Abuse Single Woman Conceptual Issue Unborn Child Monash Bioethic Review 
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© Monash University 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. L. Ten
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentMonash UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.National University of SingaporeSingapore

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