Making Peace in Gestational Conflicts
Nelson, James Lindemann
Theoretical Medicine. 1992 Dec; 13(4): 319-328.
Mary Anne Warren's claim that "there is room for only one person with full and equal rights inside a single human skin" calls attention to the vast range of moral conflict engendered by assigning full basic moral rights to fetuses. Thereby, it serves as a goad to thinking about conflicts between pregnant women and their fetuses in a way that emphasizes relationships rather than rights. I sketch out what a 'care orientation' might suggest about resolving gestational conflicts. I also argue that the care orientation, with its commitment to the significance of the partial and the particular, cannot be absorbed within standard, impartialist moral theory.
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Tong, Rosemarie (1992-12)The purpose of this commentary on James Nelson's article is to advocate introducing the ethics of care into the arena of gestational conflict. Too often the debate gets stalled in a maternal versus fetal rights headlock. ...