Ultrasound, embodiment and abortion: An analysis of foetal imaging and the ethics of the selective termination of pregnancy

ARC, Discovery 2011-2014

With Dr Catherine Mills, VELiM, Usyd. This project examines how the widespread use of ultrasound in pregnancy might be effecting public debates about the ethics of abortion. Obstetric ultrasound is a routine aspect of pregnancy, and foetal images are a familiar part of our cultural landscape. Combining social research and philosophical analysis, we will investigate the ways ultrasound shapes the experience of pregnancy. It will lead to an innovative theoretical framework for understanding the ethics of abortion that takes into account women's experience and that will help ensure foetal and maternal wellbeing. The project will contribute to public debate in Australia about abortion, and expand the knowledge base of bioethics and social studies of medical technologies.

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