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Ethics and the beginning of human life

A comprehensive medical and ethical guide to the many complex issues surrounding contraception, pregnancy and assisted reproduction.

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A comprehensive medical and ethical guide to the many complex issues surrounding contraception, pregnancy and assisted reproduction.

This invaluable book provides clear, up-to-date medical information about a large range of medical technologies, including contraception, prenatal genetic testing and IVF.

Megan gives an equally clear, well-argued Christian framework for making ethical decisions.

Useful for couples facing decision about contraception, pregnancy, assisted reproduction and similar issues as well as pastors, doctors and counsellors who want reliable information and guidance on these topics.

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  • 1. The dilemma
  • 2. Biology
  • 3. The moral status of the embryo
  • 4. Human relationships
  • 5. Which ethical basis?
  • 6. Contraception
  • 7. Abortion
  • 8. Adoption
  • 9. Screening in normal pregnancy
  • 10. When there is something wrong
  • 11. Infertility
  • 12. Silent sorrow: miscarriage and still birth
  • 13. Assisted reproductive technologies
  • 14. Saying 'no' to assisted reproductive technology
  • 15. What to do with leftover embryos
  • 16. Human embryo research, stem cells and cloning
  • 17. Mordern healthcare: are we playing God?

  • Epilogue
  • Appendix I: Does the oral contraceptive pill cause abortions?
  • Appendix II: Commercial markets created by abortion
  • Appendix III: Human genetics
  • Appendix IV: Umbilical cord blood collection
  • Appendix V: Recommended reading

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Author Megan Best
ISBN 9781921896613
Format Paperback
First published October 2012
Dimensions 150mm x 232mm x 35mm
Language English
Pages 532
Publisher Matthias Media

D A Carson

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago

At last—a single volume examining beginning-of-life issues that is equally competent in biology, theology, philosophy and pastoral care. Scarcely less important, Dr Best’s book is admirably clear, simple without being simplistic, comprehensive without being overly complicated. This is now the ‘must read’ book in the field, a necessary resource not only for pastors, ethicists, and laypersons who share her Christian convictions, but also for anyone who wants to participate knowledgeably in current bioethical debates.

John Wyatt

Emeritus Professor of Ethics and Perinatology, University College London

This is an outstanding resource for concerned Christian laypeople, health professionals, church leaders and students. It is authoritative, up to date, meticulously researched and pastorally sensitive. I strongly recommend this remarkable book. Megan writes honestly and compassionately from her personal experience as an ethicist, palliative care doctor, Christian speaker and parent.

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