The beginning of life -- ethical perspectives

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Title

The beginning of life -- ethical perspectives

Author

Goolam, Nazeen M.I.

Publisher

1999/00/00

Language

English

Publication Date

19990000

Abstract

In 1973 Judge Blackmun, in the celebrated case of Roe v Wade, stated that 'we need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins'. A quarter of a century later, there is indeed a need to attempt to resolve this question. This article sets out briefly ethical issues arising from medically-assisted procreation and analyses the concepts of life, personhood and the beginning of personhood. It is submitted that the fundamental criterion in resolving the issue is to rethink the value and dignity of human life in a technologically advanced world. Since the ultimate wisdom on the purpose of life emanates from God, the article analyses diverse theological perspectives, in particular that of Christianity and Islam. In valuing human life, the article asserts that human beings must use technology responsibly and to humankind's benefit, rather than submit to exploitation by it.

Primary Classification

4.4

Secondary Classification

4.4;1.2;14.1;1.1

Primary keywords

beginning of life--[pri];Christian ethics--[pri];Islamic ethics--[pri];reproductive technologies--[pri];value of life--[pri]

Secondary keywords

abortion;artificial insemination;cloning;cross-cultural comparison;embryo donation;embryos;fetuses;germ cells;government regulation;in vitro fertilization;moral status;ovum donors;personhood;philosophy;surrogate mothers

Subject

Dworkin, Ronald

Journal Article

Medicine and Law: World Association for Medical Law 1999; 18(4): 577-588

Note

29

Primary Document Type

ja

Call Number

journal

Bibliography

32 fn.

Collection

Citation

“The beginning of life -- ethical perspectives,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed June 17, 2024, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/33624.