external gestation

external gestation

A term of uncertain clinical utility referring to the period of an infant's development from the time of birth until he or she can use all four extremities for movement, approximately 9 months of age.
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Meanwhile, folks more concerned about Big Business than Big Brother will wonder if corporations could make external gestation a condition of employment, to reduce working hours lost on maternity leave and pregnancy complications.
Finally Kamm uses this "benefit-burden approach" to consider, first, whether women seeking abortions should be required to be fully informed of the fetus's status; second, what responsibilities women have to fetuses who will become born children (may they smoke?); third, how the ethical analysis might change if fetuses could be incubated in external gestation devices.