Life Before Birth

Life Before Birth : The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses

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This book provides a framework for thinking clearly anbd 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. These centre on the inconsistency of the status of fetuses. Are they part of the pregnant woman, or are they persons? Women have been criminally charged with abusing their fetuses by using drugs during pregnancy, and yet abortion is legal. Readers will be able to resolve these contradictions in our current thinking about the unborn, and approach new issues in a clear and rational more

Product details

  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195108728
  • 9780195108729
  • 2,006,457

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I would recommend everyone to read this fascinating, lively and clearly written book." It is full of philosophical interest and addresses important and topical issues New Scientist 16 January 1993show more

Table of contents

The interest view; Abortion; Beyond abortion: The legal status of the fetus; Maternal-fetal conflict; Fetal research; Embryo research and the new reproductive more

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