Monday 22 January 2018

Another maternal death highlights ambiguous status of the unborn

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Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

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?

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