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Life Before Birth – The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses

Bonnie Steinbock


This book provides a coherent framework for addressing bioethical issues in which the moral status of embryos and fetuses is relevant. It is based on the “interest view,” 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 up-to-date 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, diffic ... More

Keywords: moral status, embryos, fetuses, interest view, abortion, prenatal torts, assisted reproduction

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195341621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341621.001.0001


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