Biological Parenting as a Human Right

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Do biological parents have the right to parent their own biological children? It might seem obvious that the answer is yes, but the philosophical justification for this right is uncertain. In recent years, there has been a flurry of philosophical activity aimed at providing fresh justifications for this right. In this paper, I shall propose a new answer, namely, the right to parent one's own biological children is a human right. I call this the human rights account of parental rights and I shall explain how this account is better than these other alternatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-668
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Moral Philosophy
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2016


  • adoption
  • biological parenting
  • parental rights
  • parenthood
  • right to parent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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