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Laws 2015, 4(4), 755-770; doi:10.3390/laws4040755

Embryonic Human Life and Dignity: The French Connection

School of Law, University of Sheffield, Bartolomé House, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND, UK
Academic Editor: Aurora Plomer
Received: 30 September 2015 / Revised: 27 November 2015 / Accepted: 3 December 2015 / Published: 7 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioethics, Law and Human Rights: Global Intersections)
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Human dignity is considered by a number of commentators as a normative concept that could potentially bridge the gap between bioethics and human rights. The purpose of this article is to question this assumption insofar as it applies to embryonic human life by way of a case study. The article will chart the way dignity has been historically used in French political and legal debates since the 1990s to attempt to afford constitutional protection to human embryos. It then proposes an interpretation of why such attempts failed, which could have wider significance for current debates. View Full-Text
Keywords: human dignity; bioethics; human embryos; value of human life; Dworkin; Waldron human dignity; bioethics; human embryos; value of human life; Dworkin; Waldron
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Tsarapatsanis, D. Embryonic Human Life and Dignity: The French Connection. Laws 2015, 4, 755-770.

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