Physician Attitudes Toward the Regulation of Fetal Tissue Therapies: Empirical Findings and Implications for Public Policy
Mullen, Michelle A.
Lowy, Frederick H.
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. 1993 Summer; 21(2): 241-250.
The use of aborted fetal tissues in research and therapy (FTT) has raised exciting possibilities and a host of social, legal and ethical issues. Perhaps the most difficult issue is whether the use of materials from elective abortion can be viewed and weighed separately from the abortion itself, or if in using these tissues there is inherent complicity with the abortion act....This paper reviews the technical rationale for the use of FTT, the core of the ethical debate, current approaches to regulation in various jurisdictions, and, finally, it discusses empirical findings regarding practitioner attitudes towards FTT regulation and their implications for public policy in Canada and elsewhere.
Aborted Fetuses; Abortion; Attitudes; Autonomy; Beneficence; Consent; Decision Making; Directed Donation; Ethics; Fetal Development; Fetal Research; Fetal Tissue Donation; Fetuses; Government; Government Regulation; Guidelines; International Aspects; Justice; Methods; Moral Complicity; Organizations; Physicians; Policy Analysis; Pregnant Women; Public Policy; Regulation; Remuneration; Research; Research Ethics; Risks and Benefits; Survey; Tissue Donation; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation;
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