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

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

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Life Before Birth provides a coherent framework for addressing bioethical issues in which the moral status of embryos and fetuses is relevant. It is based on the qinterest viewq which ascribes moral standing to beings with interests, and connects the possession of interests with the capacity for conscious awareness or sentience. The theoretical framework is applied to ethical and legal topics, including abortion, prenatal torts, wrongful life, the crime of feticide, substance abuse by pregnant women, compulsory cesareans, assisted reproduction, and stem cell research. Along the way, difficult philosophical problems, such as identity and the non-identity problem are thoroughly explored. The book will be of interest not only to philosophers, but also physicians, lawyers, policy makers, and anyone perplexed by the many difficulties surrounding the unborn. qBonnie Steinbock's excellent book is . . . consistent, thoroughgoing, and intelligible.q --Nature qSteinbock's book is valuable for all interested in the ethical/legal issues surrounding abortion, prenatal injury and liability, maternal-fetal conflict, and fetal/embryo research. The author provides an excellent historical overview of these issues, but she also addresses the issues from the stance of a particular theory of moral status, namely, interest theory. This gives coherence to her discussion as well as allowing testing of the viability of interest theory.q --Choice qA focused, lucid, analytically fine-grained discussion of a wide variety of problems. . . extremely useful as a survey of the current state of the debate.q --Religious Studies Review qMerits serious consideration by physicians. Steinbock's interests-based approach treats all questions as open -- another and most welcome breath of fresh air.q -New England Journal of Medicine qAn extremely valuable contribution to the literature. The author carefully identifies the many bioethical issues to which the status of embryos and fetuses is relevant....She thoroughly reviews the extensive medical, bioethical, and legal literature on all of these issues, offering well-developed critiques of many standard positions. She articulates and thoughtfully defends interesting positions on all of theses topics. Anyone with an interest in these issues will learn a great deal from her knowledgeable and judicious treatment of them.q -- The Journal of Clinical EthicsTHE FUTURE-LIKE-OURS ACCOUNT Don Marquis argues that abortion is seriously immoral, for the same reason that killing an innocent adult human being is immoral.84 What makes killing wrong is not primarily the effects on other people, anbsp;...

Title:Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses, Second Edition
Author:Bonnie Steinbock
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2011-06-10


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