Preconception and Prenatal Decisions

Mary Briody Mahowald

in Bioethics and Women

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195176179
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786558 | DOI:
  Preconception and Prenatal Decisions

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Cases illustrating variables relevant to women’s decisions about preconception counseling, preimplantation diagnosis, prenatal testing, misattributed paternity, and sex selection are presented. For each topic, empirical and theoretical factors are discussed from an “egalitarian perspective” that imputes privileged status to the standpoint of those who are “nondominant”, i.e., those whose input tends to be neglected. Implications of different positions about moral status of fetuses are also considered.

Keywords: prenatal testing; counseling; sex selection; preimplantation diagnosis; women’s health care; paternity; egalitarian perspective; dominant standpoint; nondominant standpoint

Chapter.  9700 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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