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Dystopian techno fetus farms? Professor says technology could end abortion debate

Posted by on Jan. 6, 2015 at 3:20 PM
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Dystopian techno fetus farms? Professor says technology could end abortion debate

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Future technology could allow states to set up “fetal rescue programs” and eliminate legal abortion, according to a recently published article by a law professor.

Stephen Giles, who teaches at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, argues that technology might someday advance to allow the development of fetuses in artificial environments outside the womb.

This, Giles argues, would eliminate the need for legal protections for abortions because zygotes, embryos, and fetuses could be extracted and transferred to an artificial womb where it could gestate to term, reported RH Reality Check.

“Is the right to an elective abortion limited to terminating the woman’s pregnancy, or does it also include the right to ensure the death of the fetus?” Giles asks.

He says that existing technology limited reproductive choices because there was no way to terminate most pregnancies without causing the death of a fetus.

“In practice, elective abortion inevitably results in fetal death,” Giles writes. “For that very reason, the woman has no choice in the matter: Should she elect to terminate her pregnancy, the fetus will die even if she wants it to survive.”

He says states might set up fetal rescue centers, once technology allows for them, so women would be able to terminate their pregnancies without killing the fetus or suffering social stigma from giving up a child for adoption.

“If under these circumstances the state prohibits fetus-killing abortions and requires that surviving fetuses be transferred to the state for attempted rescue in an artificial womb, it will not be possible reasonably to conclude that the woman’s interest in a fetus-killing abortion outweighs the state’s interest in the life of the pre-viable fetus,” Giles argues.

Under the plan Giles suggests, women would not be able to terminate a pregnancy without turning over the embryo, zygote, or fetus to gestate in an artificial womb and relinquishing her parental rights.

His suggestion doesn’t address the parental rights of spouses, partners, or other family members.

Giles predicts states might mandate and operate fetal rescue centers, but he didn’t specify how those would be implemented or funded.

He also fails to outline what might happen to these children once they are born.

by on Jan. 6, 2015 at 3:20 PM
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Rhodin
by Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 3:39 PM
Did he get the idea from Brave New World? I think artificial wombs would be better for women who want kids, but can't carry them to term for health reasons. Or, if they go into preterm labor, for any reason, the baby could go from one womb to another instead of being in a regular NICU for months.

Giles probably didn't touch on whether or not the father had rights because well, what if the mom is married or living with the dad? Would a man have to divorce his wife to gain rights to his child? Could grandparents claim fetuses from their teens? What if no one wants to adopt all these kids-in-jars? Brave New World's society was set up specifically for no parents, but ours isn't.
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by Guerilla Girl on Jan. 6, 2015 at 8:47 PM

I think I just saw this on Man Of Steel.

Kaya529
by on Jan. 6, 2015 at 8:51 PM
I have been talking about this for awhile. I only believe the fetus should be saved if someone (mostly the father) wants the child. We are not capable of providing for the unwanted children we have now much less all of the ones that would have been aborted.
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