Justice for Mother and Child

John Finnis

in Human Rights and Common Good

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580071
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729393 | DOI:
Justice for Mother and Child

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The main sections of this chapter argue, with attention to many distinctions, that if the life of either the mother or her unborn child can be saved only by some medical procedure which will adversely affect the other, it is morally (and should be legally) permissible to undertake the procedure with intent to save life, provided it is the most effective procedure available to increase the overall probability that one or other (or both) will survive. Later sections briefly consider prenatal screening and genetic counselling, participation in abortions, and embryo experimentation.

Keywords: abortion; life-saving procedures; prenatal screening; genetic counselling

Chapter.  3528 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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