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Studies in Law and Medicine

The Beginning of Human Life

Americans United for Life published “Studies in Law and Medicine” in the 1970s and 1980s, spotlighting issues pertaining to the human right to life across the bioethics spectrum. As Americans United for Life celebrates our 50th anniversary, we are making these issues available for the first time since their print publication.

The Beginning of Human Life by Jerome Lejeune, M.D., Micheline M. Mathews-Roth, M.D., Hymie Gordon, M.D., F.R.C.P., and Herbert Ratner, M.D.

The Beginning of Human Life is a collection of testimonies that were submitted to the Subcommittee on Separation of Powers of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Doctors Matthews-Roth, Gordon, and Lejeune presented their papers orally on April 23, 1981. The paper of Dr. Ratner was submitted in written form only.