Radical Disagreements of Chinese Views on Fetal Life and Implications for Bioethics1

  • Nie Jing-Bao
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 102)


A widespread myth exists inside and outside China on the Chinese views of induced abortion and fetal life. This myth holds that Chinese, in striking contrast with Westerners, have little if any concern with the morality of terminating pregnancy. For instance, Chinese medical ethicist Yali Cong, in her review of bioethics in China for Western audience, has summarized the common Chinese perception on the topic


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nie Jing-Bao
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Bioethics Centre, University of OtagoNew Zealand
  2. 2.Wuhan and Beijing UniversitiesWuhanChina

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