Law & bioethics: From values to violence

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The relationship of law to bioethics, always complex, has shifted post-9/11. Instead of looking to law as protector of rights and liberties, the new bioethics approach, exemplified by the President's Council on Bioethics, deploys law as aggressor. Thus we see a call to get tough, to prohibit a range of biomedical practices, with the prospect of not only civil but criminal enforcement. Bioethicists face a grave choice, whether to embrace the use of state force to resolve bioethics debates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-306
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004

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