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Cultures of life: embryo protection and the pluralist state

Hanafin, Patrick (2008) Cultures of life: embryo protection and the pluralist state. In: Freeman, M. (ed.) Law and Bioethics. Current Legal Issues 11. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 177-196. ISBN 978-0-19-954552-0.

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Abstract

This chapter examines the Italian experience in relation to the governance of human reproduction. Successive Italian governments have tended to avoid addressing issues of bioethical controversy in an objective and honest manner due to a fear of a conservative backlash and a subsequent loss of political support. This sums up the manner in which bioethical issues have been dealt with, or rather not dealt with in Italy over the past twenty years. Instead of attempting to gain community consensus on an issue and working towards a solution which expresses the values of all sectors of society, governments have tended to see such matters in very simplistic terms: either they are morally supportable or morally suspect. In all this the pluralist state's moral guide has been the Vatican. Description from the publisher website at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/oso/public/content/law/9780199545520/toc.html

Item Type: Book Section
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): law, bioethics, stem cell research, human rights, regulation, human fertilisation, pandemic planning, human genome, distributive justice
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2009 15:04
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:16
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/821

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