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Monday, April 23, 2018

Goodwin on Embryos and Fetuses

Goodwin.Michele-webMichele Goodwin (University of California, Irvine School of Law) has posted If Embryos and Fetuses Have Rights (Law & Ethics of Human Rights, Vol. 11, No, 2, 2017, pp.189-224) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
What exactly does it mean to be human or for that matter a “nonhuman”? This essay unpacks questions regarding the personhood of embryos and fetuses. It takes as its lead the escalating political demand for embryos to attain rights and the status of children. The essay argues that such political demands are not in isolation physically, medically, or legally of women’s health and rights. It makes the case that embryos and fetuses cannot be granted rights without impermissibly implicating pregnant women. Thus, the essay argues against the extension of criminal and tort law to punish pregnant women under fetal protection laws by drawing an analogy to the duty to rescue jurisprudence.

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