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Death before BirthFetal Health and Mortality in Historical Perspective$
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Robert Woods

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542758.001.0001

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Induced Abortion and the Fetus as Patient: A Continuing Paradox

Induced Abortion and the Fetus as Patient: A Continuing Paradox

(p.238) 8 Induced Abortion and the Fetus as Patient: A Continuing Paradox
Death before Birth

Robert Woods (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter looks back from the perspective of the 21st century on the emergence of the fetus as a patient in its own right. It also considers issues surrounding the legalization of abortion, the definition of fetal viability, the continuing challenge of high mortality in less developed countries, and the new challenge to reduce stillbirths while ensuring the healthy lives of the very premature. It considers the impact of ultrasound techniques and developments in fetal surgery.

Keywords:   fetus as patient, induced abortion, ultrasound, fetal surgery, rights of fetus

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