Feminist Approaches To Bioethics / Edition 1

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Overview


No other cluster of medical issues affects the genders as differently as those related to procreation—contraception, sterilization, abortion, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood, and genetic screening. Yet, the moral diversity among feminists has led to political fragmentation, foiling efforts to create policies that are likely to serve the interests of the largest possible number of women. In this remarkable book, Rosemarie Tong offers an approach to feminist bioethics that serves as a catalyst, bringing together the varied perspectives on choice, control, and connection. Emphasizing the complexity of feminist debates, she guides feminists toward consensus in thought, cooperation in action, and a world that would have no room for domination and subordination.Tong fairly and comprehensively presents the traditions of both feminist and non-feminist ethics. Although feminist approaches to bioethics derive many insights from nonfeminist ethics and bioethics, Tong shows that their primary source of inspiration is feminist ethics, leading them to ask the so-called “woman question” in order to raise women’s consciousness about the systems, structures, and relationships that oppress them. Feminist bioethicists are, naturally, focused on acting locally in the worlds of medicine and science. Their different feminist voices must be raised at the policy table with one message in order to actually do something to make gender equity a present reality rather than a mere future possibility. Inability to define a plan that guarantees liberation for all women must not prevent feminists from offering a plan that promises to improve the estates of many women. Otherwise, a perspective less appealing to women may fill the gap.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813319551
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Lexile: 1640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Rosemarie Tong is a Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Center for Professional Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue 1
1 Nonfeminist Approaches to Ethics 9
2 Feminist Approaches to Ethics 37
3 Nonfeminist Approaches to Bioethics 53
4 Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 75
5 Nonfeminist and Feminist Perspectives on Contraception and Sterilization 101
6 Nonfeminist and Feminist Perspectives on Abortion 125
7 Nonfeminist and Feminist Perspectives on Artificial Insemination and In-Vitro Fertilization 156
8 Feminist and Nonfeminist Perspectives on Surrogacy 187
9 Feminist and Nonfeminist Perspectives on Genetic Screening, Diagnosis, Counseling, and Therapy 213
Epilogue 243
Notes 247
About the Book and Author 272
Index 273
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