Potential and the early human

Journal of Medical Ethics 22 (4):222-226 (1996)

Helen Watt
University of Edinburgh (PhD)
Some form of potential or "capacity" is often seen as evidence of human moral status. Opinions differ as to whether the potential of the embryo should be regarded as such evidence. In this paper, I discuss some common arguments against regarding the embryo's potential as a sign of human status, together with some less common arguments in favour of regarding the embryo's potential in this way.
Keywords Potentiality  Potential  Status of Embryo  Twinning
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DOI 10.1136/jme.22.4.222
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