iNEWS: Artificial wombs will save premature babies but present ethical concerns

  • Elizabeth Romanis

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But it also raises concerns. For example, ex-utero gestation would likely turn reproductive rights on their head, says Elizabeth Chloe Romanis, a lawyer and bioethicist at the University of Manchester. If a foetus can gestate outside a woman’s body, the choice of whether or not to have the baby might be deemed out of her hands.Another issue is that our legal rights are predicated on having been born alive. “I don’t think that a gestating subject in an artificial womb necessarily meets that requirement,” says Romanis. “That raises some questions about human entities ex-utero that have never existed before.”

Period7 Jan 2020

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  • TitleArtificial wombs will save premature babies but present ethical concerns
    Media name/outletiNews
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date7/01/20
    DescriptionBut it also raises concerns. For example, ex-utero gestation would likely turn reproductive rights on their head, says Elizabeth Chloe Romanis, a lawyer and bioethicist at the University of Manchester. If a foetus can gestate outside a woman’s body, the choice of whether or not to have the baby might be deemed out of her hands.Another issue is that our legal rights are predicated on having been born alive. “I don’t think that a gestating subject in an artificial womb necessarily meets that requirement,” says Romanis. “That raises some questions about human entities ex-utero that have never existed before.”
    URLhttps://inews.co.uk/news/science/artificial-wombs-premature-babies-saved-concerns-1356982
    PersonsElizabeth Romanis

Keywords

  • artificial wombs
  • ethics