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Karnein, Anja J.

A theory of unborn life : from abortion to genetic manipulation / Anja J. Karnein. - Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012. - x, 196 p. ; 25 cm.

Bibliogr. p. [187]-192.

Part One : Creation and Destruction -- Embryos and future persons -- The human dignity of embryos? : the German case -- The moral anonymity of embryos : the American case -- Part Two : Selection and Manipulation -- The limits of reproductive choice and distributive justice -- Troubling intuitions : Jürgen Habermas and the dangers of changing human nature -- Future persons and their independence.

In light of new biomedical technologies, such as artificial reproduction, stem cell research, genetic selection and design, the question of what we owe to future persons-and unborn life more generally-is as contested as ever. In A Theory of Unborn Life: From Abortion to Genetic Manipulation, author Anja J. Karnein provides a novel theory that shows how our commitments to persons can help us make sense of our obligations to unborn life. We should treat embryos that will develop into persons in anticipation of these persons. But how viable is this theory? Moreover, what does it mean to treat embryos in anticipation of the future persons they will develop into?



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