Bioethics issues surronding the beginning of life: Legal aspects in the United States
Dramatic advances in our ability to assist human reproduction and to
assess and improve the health status of a fetus in utero, along with intensi-
fied debate about preventing and terminating pregnancy, have raised chal-
lenging legal questions and resulted in important legislative and judicial
developments. This chapter will provide an overview of key legal issues that
surround medical and bioethical aspects of life’s beginning.