Offering the first comprehensive theoretical engagement with actions for wrongful conception and birth, The Harm Paradox provides readers with an insightful critique into the concepts of choice, responsibility and personhood.
Raising fundamental questions relating to birth, abortion, family planning and disability, Priaulx challenges the law’s response that enforced parenthood is a harmless outcome and examines the concept of autonomy, gender and women’s reproductive freedom.
It explores a wealth of questions, including:
An exciting and original contribution to the fields of medical law and ethics, tort law and feminist jurisprudence, this is an excellent resource for both students and practitioners.
"The Harm Paradox is a trenchant and powerful review of the unwanted pregnancy - and, indeed, of pregnancy - as seen by a thoughtful and remarkably fair, though by no means impartial, feminist theorist." - J. K. Mason, Medical Law Review, vol. 15 no. 3 (November 2007)
"Priaulx's analysis is thorough, well written and detailed. Readers who are interested in the intersection of torts, society, reproduction and feminism, will find the book a very valuable contribution to the subject" - Tsachi Keren-Paz, Feminist Legal Studies, Vol 16, No.2 (2008)
The Beginning of the Decline. Injured Bodies. Health, Disability and Harm. The Harm Paradox. Constructions of the Reasonable Woman. Reproductive Choice, Reproductive Reality. The Moral Domain of Autonomy
Scientific and clinical advances, social and political developments and the impact of healthcare on our lives raise profound ethical and legal questions. Medical law and ethics have become central to our understanding of these problems, and are important tools for the analysis and resolution of problems – real or imagined.
In this series, scholars at the forefront of biomedical law and ethics will contribute to the debates in this area, with accessible, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial ideas. Each book in the series will develop an independent hypothesis and argue cogently for a particular position. One of the major contributions of this series is the extent to which both law and ethics are utilised in the content of the books, and the shape of the series itself.