Certainty and Agnosticism About Lethal Injection in Late Abortion
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1995 Fall; 6(3): 270-272.
My comments about Joan Callahan's "Ensuring a Stillborn: The Ethics of Lethal Injection in Late Abortion" support her claim that fetal intracardiac potassium chloride injection (KC1 injection) should be offered to women undergoing second-trimester abortions. Callahan's replies to potential objections to KC1 injection are, on the whole, more persuasive than the replies of Fletcher
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Callahan, Joan C. (1995)I concur with the moral acceptability of using intracardiac KC1 injection to ensure that a seriously anomalous fetus will not be live-born. I also argue for the moral acceptability of using this method for late elective abortion ...