Beyond Sacredness: Why Saudi Arabian Bioethics Must Be Feminist

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 11 (1):125-143 (2018)
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Abstract

Amal is a 27-year-old woman who has recently been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of thyroid cancer.1 She is also 12 weeks into her third pregnancy. Since her diagnosis, Amal and her husband have met with her oncologist multiple times to discuss several treatment options. Amal's oncologist recommends surgical resection of the tumor and radioactive iodine therapy, but that would require termination of the pregnancy, as iodine is contraindicated for pregnant women. Alternatively, Amal may elect to postpone treatment until after her delivery; however, that could result in the growth and spread of the tumor. The oncologist encourages Amal and her husband to take some time to decide. They make plans to meet...

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