Master of Arts (MA)
Ethics and Policy Studies
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
This thesis is a discussion about new reproductive technologies and the ethical implications of those technologies. Until now, fetal personhood was the focus of pro-choice and pro-life groups battling about abortion versus women's rights. However, new reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation further complicate the foundation upon which traditional abortion arguments are based. The focus of the argument should be shifted from fetal personhood to a more comprehensive argument for the respect of the sanctity of human life. This shift would force society to address the more crucial issues which have led us to abortion and new reproductive technologies--reproductive irresponsibility. Six contributors to the area of abortion and new reproductive technologies are reviewed in order to establish the state of the arguments. I conclude that the sanctity of human life and sexual responsibility is a better focal point for the ethical discussion of new reproductive technologies.
Artificial; Concerning; God; Playing; Reproduction
Philosophy; Political science; Women's studies; Obstetrics
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Sessa, Christina Ann Brandom, "When playing God: Concerning artificial reproduction" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3347.