Life before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses / Edition 1

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Overview

This book provides a framework for thinking clearly and coherently about the unborn. The book's thesis, the "interest view," states that all and only beings who have interests have moral standing, and only beings who possess conscious awareness have interests. The chapters apply the interest view, and explore the moral and legal aspects of a wide range of issues.

Discusses abortion, maternal/fetal conflict, fetal research, embryo research/new reproductive technologies/etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195108729
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.15 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Interest View 9
I Consciousness as Necessary and Sufficient for the Possession of Interests 14
II The Interests of Nonconscious Individuals 24
III Future People 37
IV Potential People: Embryos and Fetuses 40
2 Abortion 43
I Criteria for Moral Status 46
II The Argument from Potential 59
III Possible People 71
IV The Argument from Bodily Self-Determination 76
V The Moral and Legal Significance of Viability 82
3 Beyond Abortion: The Legal Status of the Fetus 89
I Recovery for Prenatal Injury in Torts 91
II Prenatal Wrongful Death 100
III The Criminal Law 104
IV Wrongful Life 114
4 Maternal-Fetal Conflict 127
I Moral Obligations to the Not-Yet-Born 128
II Legal Obligations to the Not-Yet-Born 133
5 Fetal Research 165
I Fetal Research in America: History and Politics 167
II Fetal-Tissue Transplants 171
III Research on the Living Fetus 186
6 Embryo Research and the New Reproductive Technologies 195
I In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer 197
II Embryos in Laboratory Research 203
III Dispositional Problems 211
Notes 221
Index 251
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