This essay considers moral and legal arguments concerning mothers who intentionally or negligently harm their fetuses. It focuses on some potentially problematic implications of developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) theories. While the legal case for criminalizing women appears weak, it seems that sound arguments can be constructed for treating harm to fetuses as prima facie morally wrong, at least when prenatal conditions increase the exposure to health risk of future adult persons. These arguments are independent of recognizing any moral or juridical status to the fetus, since they are grounded in the future interests and rights of future persons.

Loi, M., Nobile, M. (2016). The Moral and Legal Relevance of DOHaD Effects for Pregnant Mothers. In C.S. Rosenfeld (a cura di), The Epigenome and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (pp. 463-480). Elsevier Inc. [10.1016/B978-0-12-801383-0.00023-2].

The Moral and Legal Relevance of DOHaD Effects for Pregnant Mothers

NOBILE, MARIANNA
2016

Abstract

This essay considers moral and legal arguments concerning mothers who intentionally or negligently harm their fetuses. It focuses on some potentially problematic implications of developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) theories. While the legal case for criminalizing women appears weak, it seems that sound arguments can be constructed for treating harm to fetuses as prima facie morally wrong, at least when prenatal conditions increase the exposure to health risk of future adult persons. These arguments are independent of recognizing any moral or juridical status to the fetus, since they are grounded in the future interests and rights of future persons.
Capitolo o saggio
DOHaD; Future generations; Moral dilemma; Prenatal harm; Prenatal injury; Rights of pregnant mothers;
dohad; fetus; rights of future persons; bioethics; law; moral philosophy
English
The Epigenome and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
9780128016725
Loi, M., Nobile, M. (2016). The Moral and Legal Relevance of DOHaD Effects for Pregnant Mothers. In C.S. Rosenfeld (a cura di), The Epigenome and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (pp. 463-480). Elsevier Inc. [10.1016/B978-0-12-801383-0.00023-2].
Loi, M; Nobile, M
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