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By Donna L. Dickenson

This quantity brings jointly an strangely huge diversity of specialists from reproductive medication, scientific ethics, and legislation to deal with the real moral difficulties in maternal-fetal drugs which influence without delay on scientific perform. The e-book is split into elements via the phases of being pregnant, in which the authors conceal 4 major parts: the stability of strength within the doctor-patient courting and the justifiable limits of paternalism and autonomy; the effect of latest applied sciences and new illnesses; incapacity and enhancement; and difference--to what volume should still the clinician appreciate the tenets of different faiths in a multicultural society.

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That is what ethics is all about – it involves looking at all sides of issues and trying to assess the relative merits of diVering views. If we had reasonable answers to these central questions, then we would have what I am calling a framework for dealing with these issues. A framework is just a starting place. For any particular case or issue, it usually will be necessary to bring in additional considerations, facts and arguments in order to arrive at a conclusion. The framework is a way of articulating some of the basic principles from which one argues.

So, this view also should be rejected. But even so, sentience is a morally relevant characteristic. The reason is that one must be sentient in order to have moral interests. Plants, for example, are not sentient and therefore lack moral interests. Of course, you can nurture a plant and cause it to Xourish, but the plant itself lacks any interest in whether you do this. By contrast, lower animals that are sentient have interests. For example they have an interest in avoiding pain and other unpleasant experiences.

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