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Sharon Duchesneau and Candy McCullough's decision in the US to seek out and employ a sperm donor with a family history of deafness in order to maximise their chances of having a deaf child raises a number of ethical questions. Do parents have an obligation to give their children the best lives possible? Do parents have an obligation to give their children the widest possible set of opportunities in the future? Understanding how both of these things can be true will, according to Robert Sparrow, allow us to go a long way towards understanding why a Deaf couple might wish their child to be born Deaf and why we might have reason to respect this desire.

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2002
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