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p. 183. Before birthlocked

  • Charles Foster

Abstract

‘Before birth’ first considers the rights and obligations to reproduce. The law defends the right to reproduce and there are few limitations on that right. The right not to be a parent outweighs the right to be one. The conflicting and complex regulations that affect the rights and non-rights of the embryo/fetus/unborn child are then discussed, with the results of cases highlighting the variable laws on abortion. The cloning debate is then examined. Human reproductive cloning is unlawful almost everywhere, but the regulation of therapeutic cloning is more politically controversial. Finally, the issue of saviour siblings is considered.

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