Tuesday 17 January 2017

Another maternal death highlights ambiguous status of the unborn

Published 26/01/2016 | 02:30

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When does an unborn attract personhood? Do criminal laws such as homicide or assault only apply to those "born alive" or does an unborn become a separate legal person from implantation or viability?

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These are complex questions that are not solely related to abortion.

What about cloning and stem-cell research? What if a pregnant woman smokes, is a substance abuser or needs chemotherapy - all of which might harm the unborn?

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