The Prenatal Person: Ethics from Conception to Birth / Edition 1

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"A host of ethical questions has arisen recently in response to the development of new reproductive technologies. This text helps students of theology, philosophy, and health studies, as well as lay readers, to find answers to these questions." Throughout, the author takes a balanced approach, acknowledging his loyalty to Catholicism, yet freely exploring new options indicated by advancing biological science.
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"The Prenatal Person is a welcome contribution to dialogue between adherents of Christian and secular approaches to controversial bioethical issues about the beginning of human life. It is refreshing to find a Catholic scholar addressing these issues in a way that does not rely heavily on religious teachings that only a Catholic could be expected to accept. This is a book I will recommend to my students, so that they can consider a reasoned approach that is very different to my own." Peter Singer, Princeton University

"...there are many useful insights and The Prenatal Person is helped by attention to detail in medical matters." The Tablet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631234913
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman M. Ford SDB is a Catholic priest, philosopher, and theologian at the ecumenical Melbourne College of Divinity. He is also the Director of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics. He is the author of When Did I Begin?: Conception of the Human Individual in History, Philosophy and Science (1988), as well as numerous articles on bioethics and human reproduction.

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Table of Contents

1 Morality for Persons 3
1.1 Utilitarianism 4
1.2 Contemporary Concept of Person 7
1.3 Traditional Concept of Person 9
1.4 Survival of Traditional Morality 16
2 Life, Health, Ethics, and the Bible 28
2.1 Biblical Interpretation and Bioethics 28
2.2 Life, Health, Sickness, and Death: Old Testament 30
2.3 Life and Healing: New Testament 34
2.4 Life after Death in the Bible 37
2.5 Relevance of the Bible for Health Ethics 39
3 Ethical Principles for Healthcare 41
3.1 Christian Vision of Human Dignity 41
3.2 Respect for Human Life 42
3.3 Duty of Reasonable Care of Health and Life 44
3.4 Doing Good and its Side Effects 46
3.5 Responsibilities of Healthcare Professionals 47
3.6 Christian and Secular Ethicists in a Democracy 50
4 The Human Embryo 55
4.1 Beginning of the Embryo 55
4.2 Research and Clinical Use of Embryos 56
4.3 Respect Due to the Embryo 62
4.4 Ethical Evaluation of the Use of Embryos in Research and Clinical Practice 70
5 The Pregnant Woman and her Fetus 75
5.1 Support for Pregnant Women 75
5.2 Embryonic and Fetal Mortality and Morbidity 76
5.3 Induced Abortion 79
5.4 Long-term Sequelae of Abortion 84
5.5 Fetus with Anencephaly 86
5.6 Ethical Evaluation of Issues During Pregnancy 88
6 Infertility and Artificial Reproductive Technology 100
6.1 Infertility 100
6.2 Artificial Reproductive Technology and Ethics 109
7 Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis 121
7.1 Prevalence of Fetal Congenital Malformations 121
7.2 Pregnant Women's Anxieties 123
7.3 Current Procedures 124
7.4 Sex-selected Insemination 130
7.5 Therapeutic Benefits 130
7.6 Ethical Evaluation of Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis 131
8 The Fetus 144
8.1 Fetal Therapies 144
8.2 Use of Fetal Tissue 152
8.3 Fetal Pain 155
8.4 Care of the Fetus and Ethics 156
9 Newborns 168
9.1 Breastfeeding 168
9.2 Perinatal Mortality 168
9.3 Low Birthweight Babies 169
9.4 Delivery for HIV Infected Pregnant Women 174
9.5 Neonatal Transplants 174
9.6 Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Newborns 177
Notes 188
Glossary 240
Selected Bibliography 245
Index 250
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