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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545520.001.0001

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The Troubled Relationship Between Bioethics and Human Rights *

The Troubled Relationship Between Bioethics and Human Rights *

(p.31) 3 The Troubled Relationship Between Bioethics and Human Rights*
Law and Bioethics

Richard Ashcroft

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between bioethics and humans. The first part of the chapter briefly presents the debate over the value of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. The second part proposes an account of the intellectual, sociological, and institutional differences between advocates of bioethical and human rights approaches to moral and social issues in health, medicine, and the life sciences. The third part discusses recent arguments that bioethics can be subsumed under the human rights umbrella. Finally, the chapter suggests some issues for future work on the relationship between human rights and bioethics.

Keywords:   bioethics, human rights, UNESCO, Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights

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