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Offering the first comprehensive theoretical engagement with actions for wrongful conception and birth, The Harm Paradox provides readers with an insightful critique into the concepts of choice, responsibility and personhood. Raising fundamental questions relating to birth, abortion, family planning and disability, Priaulx challenges the law's response that enforced parenthood is a harmless outcome and examines the concept of autonomy, gender and women's reproductive freedom. It explores a wealth of questions, including: * Can a healthy child resulting from negligence in family planning procedures constitute 'harm' sounding in damages, when so many see its birth as a blessing? * Can a pregnancy constitute an 'injury' when many women choose that very event? * Are parents really harmed, when they choose to keep their much loved but 'unwanted child'? * Why don't women seek an abortion if the consequences of pregnancy are seen as harmful? An exciting and original contribution to the fields of medical law and ethics, tort law and feminist jurisprudence, this is an excellent resource for both students and practitioners.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844721085
ISBN-10: 1844721086
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: UCL Press
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nicolette Priaulx

Nicolette Priaulx is a lecturer in law at Keele University. Her research interests include tort law, medical law and feminist legal studies. She has published work on the reproductive torts in a series of journals and edited collections including Studies in Law, Politics & Society.

Books By Author Nicolette Priaulx

Harm Paradox by Nicolette Priaulx

The Harm Paradox

Hardback, January 2007