Human Rights and Biomedicine
The eight chapters within this volume are structured around an exploration of the fundamental issues in the field of biomedical human rights: dignity and autonomy in not only procreative liberties but throughout the complete cycle of life and death, the freedom of scientific inquiry into the new biotechnological methods of collaborative reproduction, the right to genetic integrity at birth and throughout life, and the equitable right to health or access to health care benefits during life and old age. All of these central issues are tested, of necessity, but utilitarian principles which, in turn, force the templates for decision making evaluate the gravity of harm deriving from a particular human right and its recognition and enforcement measured against the utility of the social, economic, or cultural good accruing from recognition of such a right in the first instance. Ultimately, cultural relativism will be seen - more often than universality - as the determinative point of balance. This volume not only informs the ongoing debate on the role of human rights in biomedicine, but should also provide responses to the troublesome issues presented in the age of biotechnology.
Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Human Rights Law
Smith, George P. II, "Human Rights and Biomedicine" (2000). Faculty Books. 46.