The Embryo Rescue Case

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In the debate regarding the moral status of human embryos, the Embryo Rescue Case has been used to suggest that embryos are not rightholders. This case is premised on the idea that in a situation where one has a choice between saving some number of embryos or a child, it seems wrong to save the embryos and not the child. If so, it seems that embryos cannot be rightholders. In this paper, I argue that the Embryo Rescue Case does not independently show that embryos are not rightholders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalTheoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006



  • Embryo
  • Moral status
  • Persons
  • Potentiality
  • Rights
  • Time-relative interest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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