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

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

by Bonnie Steinbock
     
 

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.See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195108729
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/29/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.15(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1The Interest View9
IConsciousness as Necessary and Sufficient for the Possession of Interests14
IIThe Interests of Nonconscious Individuals24
IIIFuture People37
IVPotential People: Embryos and Fetuses40
2Abortion43
ICriteria for Moral Status46
IIThe Argument from Potential59
IIIPossible People71
IVThe Argument from Bodily Self-Determination76
VThe Moral and Legal Significance of Viability82
3Beyond Abortion: The Legal Status of the Fetus89
IRecovery for Prenatal Injury in Torts91
IIPrenatal Wrongful Death100
IIIThe Criminal Law104
IVWrongful Life114
4Maternal-Fetal Conflict127
IMoral Obligations to the Not-Yet-Born128
IILegal Obligations to the Not-Yet-Born133
5Fetal Research165
IFetal Research in America: History and Politics167
IIFetal-Tissue Transplants171
IIIResearch on the Living Fetus186
6Embryo Research and the New Reproductive Technologies195
IIn Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer197
IIEmbryos in Laboratory Research203
IIIDispositional Problems211
Notes221
Index251

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