Monday, November 07, 2005

Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander?

Interesting commentary in the NY on how changing technologies will likely change the focus of the debate regards the rights of fathers in reproductive cases. Some of these developments include advancing techniques of the neo-natal intensive care unit, where the threshold of extra-uterine viability has been possibly pushed back to 20 weeks (or five months) gestation, the theoretical possibility of male pregnancy, and perhaps most importantly, the artificial womb. While these developments may not directly answer the debate of the moral status of the fetus or embryo, they will remove the maternal-fetal conflict inherent in the present discussions and disentangle the issue from the rights of a woman over her own body.

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