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

Paperback | July 20, 2011

byBonnie Steinbock

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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 "interest view" which ascribes moral standing to beings with interests, and connects the possession of interests with the capacityfor 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.

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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 "interest view" which ascribes moral standing to beings with interests, and connects the possession of interests with the capacityfor conscious awareness or sentience. The the...

Bonnie Steinbock received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974. She began teaching philosophy at the College of Wooster, and moved to the University at Albany in 1977. Her area of specialization is bioethics, particularly reproduction and genetics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:July 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195341627

ISBN - 13:9780195341621

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Table of Contents

1. The Interest View2. Abortion3. Beyond Abortion: The Fetus in Tort and Criminal Law4. Maternal-Fetal Conflict5. Assisted Reproductive Technology6. Stem Cell ResearchIndex

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"An 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, offeringwell-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." --The Journal of Clinical Ethics