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Bioethics and WomenAcross the Lifespan$
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Mary Briody Mahowald

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195176170.001.0001

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 An Egalitarian Overview

 An Egalitarian Overview

(p.9) 1 An Egalitarian Overview
Bioethics and Women

Mary Briody Mahowald

Oxford University Press

After critiquing principle-based and case-based approaches to bioethics, this chapter develops and defends a conception of gender justice, as central to analyses of issues in women’s health care. Autonomy, rights, and justice are among the key concepts that it considers. Classical pragmatists and feminist standpoint theorists are enlisted in support of epistemological and ethical reasons for attributing “privileged status” to women’s decisions about their health.

Keywords:   gender justice, classical pragmatism, feminist standpoint theory, women’s health, equality, rights, autonomy

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