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J Med Ethics 29:374 doi:10.1136/jme.29.6.374
  • Book review

The Prenatal Person: Ethics from Conception to Birth

N M Ford. Blackwell, 2002, US$59.95 (hbk), US$24.95 (pbk), pp 256. ISBN 0631234926

  1. K Wildes SJ
  1. wildesk@georgetown.edu

      In The Prenatal Person: Ethics from Conception to Birth Norman Ford has provided an important, thoughtful, accessible account of a natural law view of early human life. Ford has written an engaging book that puts this fundamental moral position about persons and prenatal life in conversation with critics of the position, common morality, the Christian tradition, and many of the complex clinical problems of contemporary medicine. The book is a timely contribution to bioethics and many of the controversies surrounding embryonic stem cell and cloning research. It takes up one of the most important positions in these debates and gives a clear, concise development of the natural law tradition. Ford very clearly lays out a natural law position on early human life and then draws out the implications of that position for many current and important …

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