David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Bioethics 8 (3):247–267 (1994)
ABSTRACTDo physicians have a duty to sustain the pregnancies of women who die during the first or second trimester? Physicians cannot simply assume that the woman would have wished the pregnancy to continue, nor is it clear that the state has any interest in fetal life before viability. The conditions for beneficence‐based duties of fetal rescue will often be unmet, both because sustaining the pregnancy is not always a clear gain to the born child and because it may impose a substantial burden on the benefactor. And duties of special relationship cannot readily be applied in these cases, as it is difficult to see how the relationship between someone who no longer exists and someone who does not yet exist can breed special duties. Further, to draw on Marx's distinction between the architect, who builds purposefully, and the bee, who cannot help what she is doing, I argue that human pregnancy is in a number of respects purposeful, creative, and deliberate, and that postmortem pregnancy, which follows the model of the bee, is a destructive icon that undercuts women's agency
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Ann E. Cudd (2008). Rape and Enforced Pregnancy as Femicide: Comments on Claudia Card's “The Paradox of Genocidal Rape Aimed at Enforced Pregnancy”. Southern Journal of Philosophy 46 (S1):190-199.
Miriam Franchella (1995). Like a Bee on a Windowpane: Heyting's Reflections on Solipsism. Synthese 105 (2):207 - 251.
Caroline Lundquist (2008). Being Torn: Toward a Phenomenology of Unwanted Pregnancy. Hypatia 23 (3):pp. 136-155.
Stephen E. Braude (2005). Personal Identity and Postmortem Survival. Social Philosophy and Policy 22 (2):226-249.
G. H. Stevenson (1928). The Architect of the Roman Empire The Architect of the Roman Empire. By T. Rice Holmes. Pp.283. Oxford: Humphrey Milford, 1928. 15s. Net. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 42 (04):137-138.
G. H. Stevenson (1932). The Architect of the Roman Empire The Architect of the Roman Empire. Vol. II. (27 B.C.-A.D. 14). By T. Rice Holmes. Pp. Xi + 192. Oxford: Clarendon Press (London: Milford), 1931. 12s. 6d. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 46 (01):28-29.
Rebecca Bennett (2008). Is Reproduction Women's Business? How Should We Regulate Regarding Stored Embryos, Posthumous Pregnancy, Ectogenesis and Male Pregnancy? Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology 2 (3).
Kristina L. Lemieux (2006). 13 Short Pieces, but Not the Whole [T]Ruth. Hypatia 21 (1):74-79.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads5 ( #338,493 of 1,699,588 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #362,609 of 1,699,588 )
How can I increase my downloads?