The Ethics of Postponed Fatherhood
- IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
- University of Toronto Press
- Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2017
- pp. 103-118
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In this paper, I review some of the discussions on procreative beneficence and procreative autonomy in the context of postponed motherhood and compare the considerations to the context of advanced paternal age. In doing so, I will give an overview of the main scientific findings with regard to how older age in men affects the health of future offspring. I shall demonstrate how the discrepancy between the media coverage and policies on postponed motherhood and postponed fatherhood mistakenly suggests that women are more responsible than men for the health of offspring.