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Ethical Issues in Experimentation on the Human Fetus

LeRoy Walters
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring, 1974), pp. 33-54
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40018098
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

This essay explores some moral problems raised by experimentation involving the human fetus. In the first part of the essay three examples of fetal experimentation from the medical literature are described in some detail. Next, the ethical and legal arguments employed in the two major existing public policy-documents on fetal experimentation are analyzed. Finally, the author seeks to identify four fundamental presuppositions which underlie divergent normative positions on the problem of fetal experimentation.

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