In such a hypothetical future case -- in which young fetuses removedfrom a genetic mother's body will be able to be saved and allowed to matureeither by machinery or by transplant into a new gestation mother's womb-- genetic mothers will be in a very similar position to that which geneticfathers are now: they will have contributed half the cause of the conceptionand half the genetic character of the baby and the embryo will be ableto mature to birth outside of their body and with no physical burden orhealth risk to them. In regard to determining whether the fetal life shouldbe terminated or not, I suspect the law will treat genetic motherswho give up their embryo to a machine or another woman in similar waysit now treats genetic fathers. That is, I assume that without some strongargument to the contrary, the genetic mother or father will have no rightto terminate the life of an abandoned fetus as long as there is a suitablerecipient gestation mother available or as long as sufficient life-supportsystems are available. (Of course, there may be some question about paymentof whatever medical expenses and fetal-support as well as child support,but I do not wish to get into arguments about responsibility for financingabortions, child support, fetal support, embryo implantations, etc.) Whether,however, present legal treatment of genetic fathers, and similar futuretreatment of genetic mothers whose embryos are removed early is itselfright is another issue, an issue I will discuss later with regard to rights,responsibilities, and emotions concerning child bearing and child rearing.


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