FETAL PROTECTION: On Shaky Legal Ground?
Late last month the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, seeking to extend federal criminal penalties for violence against fetuses. The concept also has considerable support in the Senate, but President Clinton would likely veto such a bill. Despite its remote chance of becoming law, the House bill is an important emblem of a larger trend toward fetal protections in the law, protections that may be at odds with Roe v. Wade. California Healthline columnist Jeff Stryker looks at state and federal efforts to imbue the fetus with the status of a person.
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