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I respect life. Giving rights to fetuses complicates patient care


The lives of my patients — my thinking, feeling, breathing, reproducing patients — will always be top of mind for me. And whenever they believe that life begins, I will respect.

Emily Boevers

Life: What is it, and what does it mean to have it?

For some, it might mean the ability to breathe or to survive. For a scientist, it might mean the ability to metabolize, to adapt or to reproduce. We could try to define the full scope of life, but we would fail: There is simply too much that is unknown, and too much that is intrinsically believed without being known. To have life could be gauged as having potential, or it could be gauged as meeting a minimum standard.  One thing is certain: We will never have full agreement on that it means.

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