The Status of the Fetus: An Examination of Fetal Personhood and Fetal Protection in the United States

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2005-08

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Contreras, Jessica L.

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The treatment of fetuses in U.S. criminal law is analyzed through examination of the history of fetal personhood, the landmark case Roe v. Wade, state statutes, and case law. Comprehensive tables are provided. The use of laws to prosecute pregnant women is explored. Predictions for the future of abortion and fetal victims laws are provided.

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Fetus, Pregnant women, Criminal law, Legal status

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Contreras, J. L. (2005). <i>The status of the fetus: An examination of fetal personhood and fetal protection in the United States</i> Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.

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