|The architect and the bee: some reflections on postmortem pregnancy.|
|PMID: 11652348 Owner: KIE Status: MEDLINE|
|Do physicians have a duty to sustain the pregnancies of women who die during the first or second trimester? Physicians cannot simply assume that the woman would have wished the pregnancy to continue, nor (in the U.S., at any rate) is it clear that the state has any interest in fetal life before viability. The conditions for beneficence-based duties of fetal rescue will often be unmet, both because sustaining the pregnancy is not always a clear gain to the born child and because it may impose a substantial burden on the benefactor. And duties of special relationship cannot readily be applied in these cases, as it is difficult to see how the relationship between someone who no longer exists and someone who does not yet exist can breed special duties. Further, to draw on Marx's distinction between the architect, who builds purposefully, and the bee, who cannot help what she is doing, I argue that human pregnancy is in a number of respects purposeful, creative, and deliberate, and that postmortem pregnancy, which follows the model of the bee, is a destructive icon that undercuts women's agency.|
|Hilda Lindemann Nelson|
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|Type: Journal Article|
|Title: Bioethics Volume: 8 ISSN: 0269-9702 ISO Abbreviation: Bioethics Publication Date: 1994 Jul|
|Created Date: 1994-10-25 Completed Date: 1994-10-25 Revised Date: 2004-11-17|
Medline Journal Info:
|Nlm Unique ID: 8704792 Medline TA: Bioethics Country: United States|
|Languages: eng Pagination: 247-67 Citation Subset: E|
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Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities
Embryonic and Fetal Development
Health Care Rationing
Life Support Care*
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