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Author Scott, Rosamund.

Title Rights, duties, and the body : law and ethics of the maternal-fetal conflict / Rosamund Scott
Published Oxford ; Portland, Or. : Hart Pub., 2002


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Description xxxv, 437 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Part I. The moral relationship between a pregnant woman and her fetus : exploring a woman's moral rights and duties: Introduction -- 1. The relation of the fetus to the pregnant woman -- 2. The relation of the pregnant woman to the fetus : the interface between her moral rights and duties -- Conclusions to part I -- Part II. The legal arguments from rights: Introduction -- 3. Introduction to the maternal-fetus cases and the law of treatment refusal -- 4. Understanding the values underlying and justifying a pregnant woman's legal right to refuse treatment -- Conclusions to part II. -- Part III. The legal arguments from duty 5. Technical arguments from abortion law -- 6. Arguments from tort law -- 7. Arguments from rescue law -- Conclusions to part III -- Concluding the arguments
Summary "If a pregnant woman refuses medical treatment needed by the fetus - for instance for religious reasons - or conducts some aspect of her life in a way which risks fetal harm, there may arise an instance of "maternal-fetal conflict". This is an unfortunate term, since pregnant women are generally renowned for their self-sacrificing behaviour, but it may well reflect the reality of certain maternal choices and actions. Should a pregnant woman have the legal right to refuse medical treatment needed by the fetus, or should she owe it a legal duty of care which precludes her acting in ways which may harm it? Does the debate hinge simply upon the appropriateness, or otherwise, of legal compelling presumed moral obligations, or is it more complex than this? Indeed what are a pregnant woman's moral obligations toward her fetus?" "This book breaks new ground and will be of great interest to academics in law and philosophy, lawyers, health professionals, policy-makers and students of medical law and ethics."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes indexes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [403]-422) and indexes
Subject Women's rights -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Fetus -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Prenatal care -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Medical ethics.
Prenatal care -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Prenatal care -- Law and legislation.
Pregnant women -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Ethics, Medical.
Prenatal Care -- legislation & jurisprudence.
Women's Rights -- legislation & jurisprudence.
Moral Obligations.
LC no. 2003269425
ISBN 1841131342 hardback
Other Titles Rights, duties & the body
OTHER TI Hart Publishing ebook collection