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A fruitful consensus between the liberal and conservative approaches could be achieved through certain guidelines (Tribe). Namely, abortion could be ethically permissible until an agreed "specified stage of fetal development [rule utilitarianism] or for some moral reasons that are believed to be sufficient to warrant abortions" (Sperling). For instance, early (pre-uterus implantation) termination of pregnancy through medication ought to be acceptable, much like the decision to abort if the woman was a victim of rape or incest (Tribe 231); virtue ethics could endorse abortion so long as it is an act of courage, and not cowardice.

A distinct matter is the question of delivering a baby when the pregnant woman is comatose. Given that the mother is not conscious in order to express her will and the baby's well-being is jeopardized, this is a difficult ethical judgment call. Ideally, the mother should present a previously expressed or implied consent to specific surgical procedures, the requirement for consent deriving from a person's right to inviolability and bodily integrity.


What is more, express consent would also be preferable because implied consent leaves the patient out of the process, and therefore, acts against the mentioned choice ethics. As opposed to relying on implied consent, prior express consent also provides certain evidence that the patient has given her permission for the proposed interventions.

Overall, how exactly is society supposed to weigh the life, well-being or freedom of choice of a woman against the fetus which she carries? While it may be plausible to regulate some situations by law, whether the majority of general opinion actually agrees on them is an entirely different matter......

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