Another maternal death highlights ambiguous status of the unborn
Published 26/01/2016 | 02:30
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?
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?