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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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    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:


    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: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2009 15:04
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:48


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