maternal-fetal conflict

maternal-fetal conflict

Medical ethics A medicolegal dilemma that arises when a mother wishes to carry out an activity–eg, drinking alcohol or working at a job with an occupational exposure to high levels of lead, that is potentially harmful to her fetus. Cf Emancipated minor.
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The facts of the Harris case dramatically bring into the legal arena a much discussed topic in bioethics--the so-called maternal-fetal conflict.
In the end, neither Steinbock's invocation of the interest view nor her appeals to the moral significance of sentience provide the needed theoretical support for her proposed resolution to the "inconsistencies" in our views about abortion, fetal/embryo research, prenatal injury and death, or maternal-fetal conflict, or for the particular normative solutions she embraces.
23: Conflict of Interest: Maternal-Fetal Conflict and the Politics of Conservatives
Perhaps the most innovative discussion in this book is to be found in its final chapter on "Fetal and Gene Therapy," in which Elias and Annas consider the maternal-fetal conflicts raised by therapy that can be rendered in utero.
Maternal-fetal conflicts are interesting out of proportion to their incidence in part because they raise in a compelling way questions about the integration of medical and family ethics, an important and underdeveloped topic.

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