The right to bodily integrity has become a notable controversial issue within moral, political and legal discourse and this right is regarded as one of the most precious rights that persons have, alongside the right to life. Recent scholarly debate has focused attention on the content, scope and force of this right and has lead to the recognition that a better understanding of the nature of this right will contribute to determining whether and why a multitude of clinical and research activities in medical practice should be seen as permissible or impermissible. The essays selected for this volume examine topics such as pregnancy and reproduction, altering children’s bodies, transplantation, controversial modifications and surgeries, and experimentation and dead bodies. This is the first collection of scholarly research articles to provide a comprehensive overview of the ethical and legal aspects of the right to bodily integrity and its implications in theory and practice.

part I|2 pages

Bodies, Rights and Integrity

chapter 1|42 pages

Bodily and Moral Integrity Rights

ByJill Marshall

chapter 2|28 pages

My Body, Your Body, Our Bodies

ByJonathan Herring, P.-L. Chau*

chapter 3|58 pages

Against the Right to Bodily Integrity: Of Cyborgs and Human Rights

ByGowri Ramachandran†

part II|2 pages

Pregnancy and Reproduction

chapter 4|20 pages

A Defense of Abortion 1

ByJudith Jarvis Thomson

part III|2 pages

Altering Children’s Bodies

chapter [7]|10 pages

The Child’s Right to Bodily Integrity

ByRobert Ludbrook

chapter [8]|14 pages

Between Prophylaxis and Child Abuse: The Ethics of Neonatal Male Circumcision

ByMichael Benatar, David Benatar

chapter |2 pages


ByDavid Benatar

chapter 10|18 pages

Medicine’s Challenge to Relativism: the Case of Female Genital Mutilation

ByM. Kopelman Loretta

chapter 11|26 pages

Bodily Integrity and the Surgical Management of Intersex

ByGrabham Emily

chapter 12|22 pages

Forever Small: The Strange Case of Ashley X

ByKittay Eva Feder

part IV|2 pages


chapter 13|18 pages

Transplantation and Rights over Our Bodies

ByT.M. Wilkinson

chapter 14|46 pages

Confiscating Live Body Parts

ByCécile Fabre

chapter 15|24 pages

Hand Transplants and Bodily Integrity

ByJenny Slatman, Guy Widdershoven

part V|2 pages

Controversial Modifications and Surgeries

part VI|2 pages

Experimentation and Dead Bodies

chapter 22|12 pages

Last Rights: the Ethics of Research on the Dead[1]

ByT. M. Wilkinson

chapter 23

Consent and the Use of the Bodies of the Dead

ByT. M. Wilkinson