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Public Bioethics and the Gratuity of Life: Joanna Jepson's Witness Against Negative Eugenics

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Hall, AL
Published in: Studies in Christian Ethics
2005

In 2002, then Cambridge student Joanna Jepson initiated a legal, ecclesial, and media conversation on selective termination for disability. Making herself available in a way that is vulnerable, palpable, and effective, Jepson has used subtle rhetorical skill to question the ways certain lives are appraised as precious or expendable. The now Revd Jepson's witness may adumbrate a boundary past which the task of truly public bioethics becomes precarious. While ethicists may persuasively argue in the public square against positive eugenics - against selectively breeding or genetically enhancing conception - opposition to negative eugenics - against the elimination of 'unfit' lives - stretches the bounds of apologetics. The theological bioethicist may be called to gesture toward the Whence? and the Whither?, even if the purveyors of public bioethics find this an objectionable undertaking.

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Studies in Christian Ethics

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0953-9468

Publication Date

2005

Volume

18

Issue

1

Start / End Page

15 / 31

Publisher

Sage Publications

Related Subject Headings

  • 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
  • 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
  • 2201 Applied Ethics
 

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Hall, A. L. (2005). Public Bioethics and the Gratuity of Life: Joanna Jepson's Witness Against Negative Eugenics. Studies in Christian Ethics, 18(1), 15–31. https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946805052114
Hall, A. L. “Public Bioethics and the Gratuity of Life: Joanna Jepson's Witness Against Negative Eugenics.” Studies in Christian Ethics 18, no. 1 (2005): 15–31. https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946805052114.
Hall, A. L. “Public Bioethics and the Gratuity of Life: Joanna Jepson's Witness Against Negative Eugenics.” Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 18, no. 1, Sage Publications, 2005, pp. 15–31. Manual, doi:10.1177/0953946805052114.
Hall AL. Public Bioethics and the Gratuity of Life: Joanna Jepson's Witness Against Negative Eugenics. Studies in Christian Ethics. Sage Publications; 2005;18(1):15–31.
Journal cover image

Published In

Studies in Christian Ethics

DOI

ISSN

0953-9468

Publication Date

2005

Volume

18

Issue

1

Start / End Page

15 / 31

Publisher

Sage Publications

Related Subject Headings

  • 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
  • 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
  • 2201 Applied Ethics