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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog
We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.
Monday, April 10, 2006
A Troubling Definition
The Alabama legislature is poised to pass a bill "charging a murderer with double murder if he or she kills a pregnant woman and her unborn child." One troubling aspect of the bill is its definition of the beginning of human life.
The definition about the beginning of life in the bill was developed from the federal government's version...The legislation states that a victim of a criminal homicide or assault "means a human being, including an unborn child in utero at any stage of development, regardless of viability."What's bothersome is the government's assumption that it can determine the beginning of human life for the rest of us. Just because Uncle says it's so? There are many many people who do not believe human life begins at conception. In fact, one might argue that the government's stance is an infringment on the separation of church and state, since Church doctrine influences many opinions on this topic. I wonder how the courts will handle this in the future.
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