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Experiments in DemocracyHuman Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics$
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J. Benjamin Hurlbut

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231179546

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231179546.001.0001

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Producing Life, Conceiving Reason

Producing Life, Conceiving Reason

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(p.79) 2 Producing Life, Conceiving Reason
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Experiments in Democracy
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J. Benjamin Hurlbut

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231179546.003.0003

Chapter 2 examines how during the 1980’s the in vitro embryo went from a rare laboratory object to an element of widespread clinical practice. In response to the rapid growth of this largely unregulated industry the American Fertility Society created an Ethics Committee in 1985. The chapter examines the deliberations of that committee, including how it created a new scientific term—the “preembryo”—to shape public discourse.

Keywords:   Human Life Bill, Preembryo, Abortion, Gastrulation, American fertility society, Assisted Reproductive Technology

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