Ensuring a Stillborn: The Ethics of Fetal Lethal Injection in Late Abortion
Callahan, Joan C.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1995 Fall; 6(3): 254-263.
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 of nonanomalous fetuses. And, finally, I suggest that we should not sustain surviving abortuses if there is no one standing by to assume responsibility for them.
Abortion; Abortion on Demand; Autonomy; Beneficence; Children; Congenital Disorders; Cultural Pluralism; Drugs; Ethical Analysis; Ethical Relativism; Ethics; Fathers; Fetal Development; Fetuses; Health; Infanticide; Justice; Killing; Life; Maternal Health; Methods; Moral Obligations; Morality; Mother Fetus Relationship; Newborns; Obligations of Society; Personhood; Pregnant Women; Psychological Stress; Public Opinion; Quality of Life; Rights; Risk; Selective Abortion; Suffering; Unwanted Children; Viability; Wedge Argument; Women's Rights;
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Spielman, Bethany (1995)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 ...