Academic journal article Issues in Law & Medicine

Preface

Academic journal article Issues in Law & Medicine

Preface

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The featured article in this edition of Issues in Law & Medicine is the thesis of professor Charles I. Lugosi, which was submitted and defended as part of the requirements for his Doctorate in Juridical Science from the University of Pennsylvania. In it, he applies the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution to the issue of abortion. The Fourteenth Amendment was intended to protect people from discrimination by the states. But racism is not the only thing people need protection from. As a constitutional principle, Dr. Lugosi reasons that the Fourteenth Amendment is not confined to its historical origin and purpose, but is available to protect all human beings, including all unborn human beings. The Supreme Court can define "person" to include all human beings, born and unborn. It simply has chosen not to do so.

Dr. Lugosi argues that science, history and tradition establish that unborn humans are, from the time of conception, both persons and human beings, thus strongly supporting an interpretation that the unborn meet the definition of "person" under the Fourteenth Amendment. …

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