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Author Priaulx, Nicolette, 1973-

Title The harm paradox : tort law and the unwanted child in an era of choice / Nicolette Priaulx
Published Milton Park, Abingdon ; New York, NY : Routledge-Cavendish, 2007


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Description vi, 204 pages ; 24 cm
Series Biomedical law & ethics library
Biomedical law and ethics library.
Biomedical law & ethics library
Contents The beginning of the decline -- Characterising harm -- Loss of autonomy? -- Defining the problem -- Notes -- Injured bodies -- Natural born reproducers -- Wrongful pregnancy as a personal injury -- Orthodox injuries -- Harmed minds, harmed bodies -- Paradigm shifts -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Health, disability and harm -- Emerging dichotomies -- The disability exception -- Parental autonomy -- The importance of context -- Rees in the House of Lords -- Conclusion : what kind of autonomy? -- Notes -- The harm paradox -- The mitigation ethic -- Mitigation is dead -- Long live choice -- My family and other animals -- Conclusion : a harm paradox? -- Notes -- Constructions of the reasonable woman -- On being responsible -- Responsible women -- Self-regarding woman : still a choice -- Natural woman : she had no other choice -- The woman in need -- Conclusion : not a choice? -- Notes -- Reproductive choice, reproductive reality -- A (wo)man's right to choose -- Reversing nature's discrimination -- In practice abortion is not a choice -- Women do not experience abortion as a choice -- Women are conforming, not choosing -- Conclusion -- Notes -- The moral domain of autonomy -- What kind of person? -- Beyond personhood -- A relational approach -- Being responsible beings -- Concluding remarks
Summary "Offering the first comprehensive theoretical engagement with actions for wrongful conception and birth, the author examines the significance of these questions in explaining the recent retraction of liability for claims of 'unsolicited parenthood' in the UK. Centralising gender as a critical axis of enquiry, the author argues that the concept of autonomy, though an important value for promoting women's reproductive freedom, is transforming into a reproductive expectation. Not only has autonomy become central to the law's response that enforced parenthood is a harmless outcome, but as Priaulx reveals, similar discourses have come to inhabit the reproductive landscape generally. Seeking to challenge such accounts and pernicious assumptions that inform them, the author questions: 'Just what is it that we value about the concept of autonomy?'"--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Autonomy (Psychology)
Medical personnel -- Malpractice -- Great Britain.
Wrongful life -- Great Britain.
Wrongful life.
LC no. 2006031946
ISBN 1844721078 (hbk.)
1844721086 (paperback)
9781844721078 (hbk)
9781844721085 (paperback)