This is one of the most thought-provoking books on the subject of fetal rights since Daniel Callahan's1 exhaustive treatise published in 1970. Clifford Grobstein, an eminent embryologist, educator, and ethicist, is highly conscious of the current conflicts over fetal rights, and, hoping to bridge the gap between advancing technology and social consensus, he describes those current advances that might affect the status of the unborn, as well as society's responsibilities at each stage of development for these potential members. In determining the status of each unborn member of our human society, he considers the potential quality of life attainable by each member for whom future life is a possibility.
Grobstein's attempt to develop a national consensus as to the ethics of fetal tissue research and the new reproductive technologies (external fertilization) represents an exciting forward step. Believing that achievement of such consensus requires the continuous education of society in