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A Question of Living

R. S. Downie and K. C. Calman

in Healthy Respect

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0014
A Question of Living

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Many ethical questions are generated by the development of methods of artificial insemination, surrogacy, abortion, and the disposal of surplus embryos. Some approach these questions by asking ‘When does life begin?’ But it is preferable to ask, ‘When does life acquire moral significance?’ It is unlikely that there will be agreement on many of these issues, but legislation should proceed by seeking informed public consensus.

Keywords: artificial insemination; surrogacy; abortion; surplus embryos; consensus approaches

Chapter.  4024 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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