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Dr Helen Watt BA, PhD (Edin) is Senior Research Fellow at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre. From 2001-2010 she was Director of the Linacre Centre (as the Anscombe Centre was formerly known). From 1992-2001 she held the post of Research Fellow at the Centre; from 1993-1996 she was also Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Her research interests include reproductive ethics and action theory, particularly issues of cooperation and complicity. Her latest book is The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth: Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing (Routledge, 2016).

Publications

Books/Booklets

The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth: Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing (New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2016).

(Editor and contributor) Fertility and Gender: Issues in Reproductive and Sexual Ethics (Oxford: Anscombe Centre, 2011).

(Editor and contributor) Incapacity and Care: Controversies in Healthcare and Research (London: Linacre Centre, 2009).

(Editor and contributor) Cooperation, Complicity and Conscience: Problems in healthcare, science, law and public policy (London: Linacre Centre, 2005).

Abortion (London: Linacre Centre and CTS, 2001).

Gene Therapy and Human Genetic Engineering (London: Linacre Centre and CTS, 2001).

Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics: A short introduction (London: Routledge, 2000).

Articles (published since 2000)

'Abortion for life-limiting foetal anomaly: beneficial when and for whom?', Clinical Ethics 2016 Aug 4: doi 10.1177/1477750916661979.

'Intending reproduction as one's primary aim: Alexander Pruss on "Trying for a baby"', Annals of Philosophy 63.3 (2015).

'Life and Health: A Value in Itself for Human Beings?', HEC Forum 27.3 (2015). http://rdcu.be/mDVX

'Ancestor Embryos: Embryonic Gametes and Genetic Parenthood', Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (2014).

'Cooperation and Immoral Laws: Preventing Without Prescribing Harm', National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 12.2 (Summer 2012).

'Side Effects and Bodily Harm', Ethics & Medics 36.1 (January 2011).

'Bodily Invasions: When Side Effects are Morally Conclusive', National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 11.1 (Spring 2011).

'Conjoined Twins: Separation as Lethal Mutilation', in Jon Yorke (ed), The Right to Life and the Value of Life (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010).

'Altered Nuclear Transfer: Identifying Embryos; Respecting Procreation' in William Sullivan, Daniel Monsour, John Heng (eds), Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine (Toronto: International Association of Catholic Bioethicists, 2009).

'Resisting the Sub-human', Guardian.co.uk, 14 January 2009.

Contribution on 'A Catholic Perspective' in M. Stephens et al., 'Religious Perspectives on Abortion and a Secular Response', Journal of Religion and Health (published on-line 30 July 2009).

'Embryos and pseudoembryos: parthenotes, reprogrammed oocytes and headless clones', Journal of Medical Ethics 33.9 (September 2007).

'Selecting Children', BioNews, 26 November 2007.

'The case against assisted dying', Geriatric Medicine 37.12 (December 2007).

'Becoming Pregnant or Becoming a Mother? Embryo Transfer With and Without a Prior Maternal Relationship', in T.V. Berg and E.J. Furton (eds), Human Embryo Adoption: Biotechnology, Marriage, and the Right to Life (Philadelphia and Thornwood: National Catholic Bioethics Center and Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, 2006).

'Ethical Aspects of Use of Fetal/Embryonic Cells in Treatment and Research', Zentralblatt for Neurochirurgie 66.2 (2005).

'Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Choosing the "Good Enough" Child', Health Care Analysis 12.1 (March 2004).

'Beyond Double Effect: Side-Effects and Bodily Harm', in David Oderberg and Timothy Chappell (eds), Human Values: New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004).

'Ethical Aspects of IVF', in Mette Lebech (ed), 2004 Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society. 'In Defence of Just Being', The Tablet, 1 May 2004.

'Thinking Twice: Cloning and In Vitro Fertilisation', Ethics and Medicine 18.2 (Summer 2002).

'Living Together: Pregnancy and Parenthood' in Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Series, Abortion: Whose Right? (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2002).

'Decisions Relating to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: commentary 3: Degrading Lives?', Journal of Medical Ethics 27.5 (2001).