The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth: Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing

2016.09.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Helen Watt, The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth: Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing, Routledge, 2016, 157pp.,
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2016.09.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Helen Watt, The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth: Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing, Routledge, 2016, 157pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138188082. Reviewed by Amy Mullin, University of Toronto Mississauga Helen Watt's book about moral choices connected to pregnancy is unusual in that it devotes relatively little space to discussing debates about the moral status of zygotes, embryos and fetuses. Watt gives sixteen pages of text (and another ten pages of footnotes) to arguing that zygotes (and also embryos and fetuses) have moral status equivalent to that of any human being. Key to her position is her contention that human beings, starting at conception, are beings of a rational kind with objective interests and her rejection of the notion that pregnant women confer meaning on some of their fetuses. She only briefly refers in a footnote to debates about speciesism (which contest the assignment. . .

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