American Journal of Bioethics.

Visual Bioethics

Although images are pervasive in public policy debates in bioethics,
few who work in the field attend carefully to the way that images
function rhetorically. If the use of images is discussed at all, it is
usually to dismiss appeals to images as a form of manipulation. Yet it
is possible to speak meaningfully of visual arguments. Examining the
appeal to images of the embryo and fetus in debates about abortion and
stem cell research, I suggest that bioethicists would be well served by
attending much more carefully to how images function in public policy

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Volume 8, Issue 12
December 2008