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Healthy RespectEthics in Health Care$
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R. S. Downie, K. C. Calman, Ruth A. K. Schröck, and Malcolm Macnaughton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780192624086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.001.0001

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A Question of Living

A Question of Living

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(p.187) Chapter 13 A QUESTION OF LIVING
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Healthy Respect
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R. S. Downie

K. C. Calman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0014

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

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