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  1. After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?Alberto Giubilini & Francesca Minerva - 2013 - Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (5):261-263.
    Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus' health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion (...)
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  2. Can ‘Eugenics’ Be Defended?Francesca Minerva, Diana S. Fleischman, Peter Singer, Nicholas Agar, Jonathan Anomaly & Walter Veit - 2021 - Monash Bioethics Review 39 (1):60-67.
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    Conscientious Objection in Italy: Table 1.Francesca Minerva - 2015 - Journal of Medical Ethics 41 (2):170-173.
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    Conscientious Objection, Complicity in Wrongdoing, and a Not-So-Moderate Approach.Francesca Minerva - 2017 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 26 (1):109-119.
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    The Ethics of Cryonics: Is It Immoral to Be Immortal?Francesca Minerva - 2018 - Springer Verlag.
    Cryonics—also known as cryopreservation or cryosuspension—is the preservation of legally dead individuals at ultra-low temperatures. Those who undergo this procedure hope that future technology will not only succeed in reviving them, but also cure them of the condition that led to their demise. In this sense, some hope that cryopreservation will allow people to continue living indefinitely. This book discusses the moral concerns of cryonics, both as a medical procedure and as an intermediate step toward life extension. In particular, Minerva (...)
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  6. The Invisible Discrimination Before Our Eyes: A Bioethical Analysis.Francesca Minerva - 2017 - Bioethics 31 (3):180-189.
    The goal of this article is to introduce a philosophical analysis of a widely neglected condition which affects between 3% and 18% of the population. People affected by this condition experience a lower level of wellbeing than the average population and are discriminated against in both their professional and their personal life. I will argue that this form of discrimination should be taken more seriously in philosophical debate and that social, legal and medical measures ought to be taken in order (...)
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    Enhancing Equality.Alberto Giubilini & Francesca Minerva - 2019 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 44 (3):335-354.
    The range of opportunities people enjoy in life largely depends on social, biological, and genetic factors for which individuals are not responsible. Philosophical debates about equality of opportunities have focussed mainly on addressing social determinants of inequalities. However, the introduction of human bioenhancement should make us reconsider what our commitment to equality entails. We propose a way of improving morally relevant equality that is centred on what we consider a fair distribution of bioenhancements. In the first part, we identify three (...)
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    Euthanasia and Cryothanasia.Francesca Minerva & Anders Sandberg - 2017 - Bioethics 31 (7):526-533.
    In this article we discuss the moral and legal aspects of causing the death of a terminal patient in the hope of extending their life in the future. We call this theoretical procedure cryothanasia. We argue that administering cryothanasia is ethically different from administering euthanasia. Consequently, objections to euthanasia should not apply to cryothanasia, and cryothanasia could also be considered a legal option where euthanasia is illegal.
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    Defending After-Birth Abortion: Responses to Some Critics.Alberto Giubilini & Francesca Minerva - 2012 - Monash Bioethics Review 30 (2):49-61.
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    New Threats to Academic Freedom.Francesca Minerva - 2014 - Bioethics 28 (4):157-162.
    Using a specific case as an example, the article argues that the Internet allows dissemination of academic ideas to the general public in ways that can sometimes pose a threat to academic freedom. Since academic freedom is a fundamental element of academia and since it benefits society at large, it is important to safeguard it. Among measures that can be taken in order to achieve this goal, the publication of anonymous research seems to be a good option.
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    Professional Duties of Conscientious Objectors.Francesca Minerva - 2019 - Journal of Medical Ethics 45 (10):675-676.
    In his paper ‘The truth behind conscientious objection’ Nir Ben-Moshe develops a new approach aimed at justifying conscientious objection without relying on respect of moral integrity of the conscientious objector or tolerance towards her moral views.1 According to Ben-Moshe, the problem with justifications of CO based on moral integrity and tolerance is that ‘truth of conscience’s claims is irrelevant to their justification’. He argues, to the contrary, that whether the claims of the conscientious objector are true or false makes a (...)
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    Should Couch Potatoes Be Encouraged to Use Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation?Francesca Minerva - 2020 - Neuroethics 14 (2):231-237.
    A very high percentage of the world population doesn’t exercise enough and, as a consequence, is at high risk of developing serious health conditions. Physical inactivity paired with a poor diet is the second cause of death in high income countries. In this paper, I suggest that transcranial direct stimulation holds promise for “couch potatoes” because it could be used to make them more active, without causing any major side-effect. I also argue that other, less safe, tools could be used (...)
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    Cosmetic Surgery and Conscientious Objection.Francesca Minerva - 2017 - Journal of Medical Ethics 43 (4):230-233.
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    Unrequited Love Hurts.Francesca Minerva - 2015 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 24 (4):479-485.
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    Clarifications on the Moral Status of Newborns and the Normative Implications.Alberto Giubilini & Francesca Minerva - 2013 - Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (5):264-265.
    In this paper we clarify some issues related to our previous article ‘After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?’.
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    Etica Della Crioconservazione.Francesca Minerva - 2022 - Scienza E Filosofia 26.
    The Ethics of Cryonics In this paper I discuss the ethics of cryopreservation of individuals declared legally dead. I consider various objections to this practice based on concerns about its selfishness, low chances of succeeding, and wastefulness. I also discuss objections against indefinite life extension and immortality.
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    How Should We Tackle Financial and Prosocial Biases Against Unattractive People?Francesca Minerva - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
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    Why Publishing Pseudonymously Can Protect Academic Freedom.Francesca Minerva - 2014 - Bioethics 28 (4):178-180.
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    A New Theory of Conscientious Objection in Medicine. Justification and Reasonability Robert Card Routledge 2020; 284 Pages. ISBN: 9780367430818 and Carolyn McLeod, Conscience in Reproductive Health Care. Prioritizing Patient Interests, Oxford University Press 2020; 224 Pages ISBN: 9780198732723. [REVIEW]Alberto Giubilini & Francesca Minerva - 2021 - Bioethics 35 (6):602-604.
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    Reasons and Freedom.Alberto Giubilini & Francesca Minerva - 2013 - Hastings Center Report 43 (1):4-5.
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    Neuroetica, a Look at the Development of the Italian Debate on Neuroethics.Francesca Minerva - 2013 - Neuroethics 6 (1):233-236.
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    From Assistive to Enhancing Technology: Should the Treatment-Enhancement Distinction Apply to Future Assistive and Augmenting Technologies?Francesca Minerva & Alberto Giubilini - 2017 - Journal of Medical Ethics:medethics-2016-104014.
    The treatment-enhancement distinction is often used to delineate acceptable and unacceptable medical interventions. It is likely that future assistive and augmenting technologies will also soon develop to a level that they might be considered to provide users, in particular those with disabilities, with abilities that go beyond natural human limits, and become in effect an enhancing technology. In this paper, we describe how this process might take place, and discuss the moral implications of such developments. We argue that such developments (...)
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    Cryopreservation of Embryos and Fetuses as a Future Option for Family Planning Purposes.Francesca Minerva & Anders Sandberg - 2015 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 25 (1):17-30.
    This paper explores the ethical implications of a possible future technology; namely cryonics of embryos/fetuses extracted from the uterus. We argue that more research should be conducted in order to explore the feasibility of such technology. We highlight the advantages that this option would offer; including the foreseeable prevention of a considerable number of abortions.
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