chapter  7
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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.