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In Defense of Ectogenesis


In his article “Research Priorities and the Future of Pregnancy” in this issue of CQ, Timothy Murphy evaluates some of the arguments I advanced in an earlier publication, “The Moral Imperative for Ectogenesis.

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Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
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