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Science and the 'Human Life Bill'

Science and the 'Human Life Bill' RECENTLY, the Subcommittee on Separation of Powers of the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on S 158, the "human life bill." The hearings raise interesting questions about the role of science in the resolution of moral issues and about scientific consensus. Background In a 1973 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States in Roe vs Wade upheld the right of a woman to obtain an abortion until the stage of fetal "viability" without the interference of the state.1,2 An amendment to the Constitution could reverse this decision, and, in fact, one has been proposed. Meanwhile, however, a bill has also been proposed to Congress by which its sponsors would attempt to reverse the 1973 Supreme Court decision. The bill (S 158) states: Congress finds that present day scientific evidence indicates a significant likelihood that actual human life exists from conception. The Congress further finds that the fourteenth amendment http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Science and the 'Human Life Bill'

JAMA , Volume 246 (8) – Aug 21, 1981

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1981 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1981.03320080023020
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Abstract

RECENTLY, the Subcommittee on Separation of Powers of the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on S 158, the "human life bill." The hearings raise interesting questions about the role of science in the resolution of moral issues and about scientific consensus. Background In a 1973 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States in Roe vs Wade upheld the right of a woman to obtain an abortion until the stage of fetal "viability" without the interference of the state.1,2 An amendment to the Constitution could reverse this decision, and, in fact, one has been proposed. Meanwhile, however, a bill has also been proposed to Congress by which its sponsors would attempt to reverse the 1973 Supreme Court decision. The bill (S 158) states: Congress finds that present day scientific evidence indicates a significant likelihood that actual human life exists from conception. The Congress further finds that the fourteenth amendment

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 21, 1981

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