oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - The harm principle and the ethics of routine antenatal HIV testing in South Africa
|Article Title||The harm principle and the ethics of routine antenatal HIV testing in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Bioethics and Law|
|Publication Date||Jun 2009|
|Pages||20 - 22|
The harm principle states that '[t]he only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others'. Despite its apparent simplicity, the harm principle is 'a mere convenient abbreviation for a complicated statement that includes, among other things, moral judgements and value weightings of a variety of kinds'.
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