Pregnant women with fetal abnormalities: the forgotten people in the abortion debate

Lachlan J de Crespigny and Julian Savulescu
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (1): .
Published online: 7 July 2008

In reply: Watt seems to wish to return to the days of no prenatal testing; we believe today’s women reject this paternalistic view. However, Watt is correct in saying our article is “adult-centred” — it is not self-evident that the fetus is a patient, nor is this view consistent with those of most liberal legal jurisdictions.

  • Lachlan J de Crespigny1,2
  • Julian Savulescu3

  • 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.



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