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Ethics of care and HIV: a case for rural women in India.

Authors
  • Chakraborti, Chhanda1
  • 1 Associate Professor, Philosophy, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. [email protected] , (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Developing world bioethics
Publication Date
May 01, 2006
Volume
6
Issue
2
Pages
89–94
Identifiers
PMID: 16594972
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Recent literature shows that ethics of care can be used as a theoretical basis to add a new, important dimension to social issues. This paper argues for a similar extension of the theoretical support from ethics of care to an area in bioethics. Specifically, it contends that a justification based ethics of care can be constructed to argue for a moral obligation to give some priority in the HIV-related initiatives to one of most vulnerable groups; namely, the rural women in India. In an epidemic situation this care-based approach has certain advantages as a moral justification over the usual traditional approaches.

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