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A Theory of Unborn Life: From Abortion to Genetic Manipulation

Anja J. Karnein


In light of new biomedical technologies, such as artificial reproduction, stem cell research, genetic selection and design, the question of what we owe to future persons and unborn life more generally, is as contested as ever. This book offers a new theory by showing how our commitments to persons can help us make sense of our obligations to unborn life. These commitments give us reasons to treat embryos that will develop into persons in anticipation of these persons. By contrast, embryos, which women want to abort or refuse to implant, can be discarded or used for research purposes. How viabl ... More

Keywords: moral status, moral value, embryos, future persons, intergenerational justice, morality of abortion, PGD, stem cell research, genetic manipulation, Jürgen Habermas, liberal eugenics, bioethics, reprogenetics, morality of reproduction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199782475
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782475.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anja J. Karnein, author
Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt am Main