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Protection of Human Life in Its Early Stage

Intellectual Foundations and Legal Means


Edited By Alexander Stepkowski

The book consists of thirteen studies examining different aspects of human life protection in the early stage of its development. The contributions are arranged in three parts. Part I focuses on theoretical problems and examines the main issues of contemporary jurisprudence. The foundation of human rights, different approaches to sovereignty, the relation between law and science, the legitimacy of judicial power, and the nature of legal authority are discussed. Part II presents the issues within the national contexts of the USA, Germany, Austria and Poland. In a wider perspective, Part III examines the issue of the protection of human life in the prenatal phase on three different levels: within the EU, within the European Court of Human Rights case law and the UN system.
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To Be or Not to Be… a Parent? Abortion and the Right to Life within a European Union Legal Context


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To Be or Not To Be... a Parent? Abortion and the Right to Life within a European Legal Context

Dobrochna Bach-Golecka*


The aim of this article is to analyze the European Union law provisions on abortion in order to evaluate the preliminary hypothesis concerning the recognition of the right to life in pre-natal phase. Therefore, the validity of a legal rule recognizing the right to life of unborn babies (intra womb) will be examined. In this context norms on abortion are regarded as exceptions to the above principle.

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