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Title Issues at the borders of life / edited by Bernadette Richards and Vic Pfitzner.
Imprint Hindmarsh : ATF Press, 2010.

Series Interface
Subject Medical ethics.
Medical ethics -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Bioethics -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Abortion -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Abortion -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Euthanasia -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Euthanasia -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Palliative treatment -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Medical laws and legislation.
Alt Name Richards, Bernadette.
Pfitzner, V. C. (Victor C.)
Description 1 online resource (142 pages).
Contents Introduction: On the Borders; A. Issues at the Beginning of Life; 1. Abortion: An Alternative to the Conflict Paradigm; 2. Ethics of Contraception and Abortion; 3. Bioethics and Manipulating the Human Embryo; 4. Life as Loss?; B. Issues at the End of Life; 5. Keeping Watch on the Border; 6. Theological Foundations for Palliative Care in End-Stage Dementia ; 7. Is it Always Good to be Alive?; 8. Life's Endings: Mortality, Consequences, and the Principle of Double Effect ; Epilogue: Beginning and Ending of Life: A Personal Journey; Contributors.
Summary Life at its borders is tenuous and the crossing of borders is no longer as simple as the birth of a new baby or the death of a loved one. Advances in medical science have meant that the border at the start of life can be facilitated through assisted reproductive technology or avoided through abortion. Similarly, at the final border passage can be hastened through euthanasia or delayed by means of palliative care. The stretching of the borders through medical advances gives rise to important ethical and legal questions which cannot be solved with ease. The questions must be answered through careful consideration of the law, community perceptions and ethical imperatives. When does human life begin, and can we determine when and how it should end? What constitutes human personhood? What rights must be afforded the embryo and the foetus, the mother (and father) in each instance, and the person with end-stage dementia or terminal cancer. Can a birth ever be deemed a deficit? Must it always be good to be alive? In this collection of essays, these and many other issues dealing with life at its borders are dealt with by a variety of specialists in the area of medicine, ethics, law and theology. This collection of essays addresses these questions and represents a valuable contribution to a vital and ongoing debate.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781921817052 (electronic bk.)
1921817054 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 709551188
Additional Format Print version: Richards, Bernadette. Issues at the borders of life. Hindmarsh : ATF Press, ©2010 9781921817045

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