A Realistic Approach to Maternal-Fetal Conflict
Hastings Center Report. 1998 Sep-Oct; 28(5): 7-12.
We should not think of babies as having a right to be born healthy. We cannot say what such a right involves, and if we could, enforcing it would infringe on the mother's most basic rights. Most importantly, positing such a right casts the fetus and mother as adversaries, and so destroys the maternal-fetal relationship.
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