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Ford, Norman (2012) Fetus. In: Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, 2nd Ed. Elsevier, San Diego, pp. 314-321. ISBN 978012376321

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Abstract

This article discusses the moral status of the fetus, the principal ethical issues related to the medical and ordinary care due to the fetus during pregnancy, as well as fetal losses and fetal pain. The ethical position adopted is that the fetus is a natural, if not a legal, person and as such is ethically inviolable even though in general this is not legally recognized. Naturally, the pregnant woman and her fetus feature throughout the ethical discussions, granted their close personal ties and mutual interests. The doctor has professional responsibility for the mother and her fetus, both of whose interests could at times be in conflict.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Dr Norman Ford, fetus, fetal surgery, ectopic pregnancy, stem cells,embryology, genetic screening
Fields of Research: 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111401 Foetal Development and Medicine
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950401 Bioethics
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Norman Ford
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2013 02:49
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2013 02:49
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1257

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