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

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Bonnie SteinbockAssociate Professor of Philosophy, State University of New York, Albany, USA

ISBN13: 9780195108729
ISBN: 0195108728
Published: July 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

This volume 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. These centre on the inconsistency of the status of foetuses. Are they part of the pregnant woman, or are they people in their own right? Women have been criminally charged with abusing their foetuses by using drugs during pregnancy and yet abortion is legal. Readers should be able to resolve these contradictions in current thinking about the unborn and approach new issues in a rational manner.

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The interest view; abortion; beyond abortion: the legal status of the foetus; maternal-foetal conflict; foetal research; embryo research and the new reproductive technologies.