beginning of life

Biologically speaking, the moment of conception in the mother's womb. In law, for the purposes of inheritance or of taking under a will, the biological concept of the beginning of life in the womb. 27 Am J Rev ed Inf § 3. The beginning of life has been more narrowly defined when the question was of the capacity of an unborn child to acquire a right of action for a personal injury, on which it could sue after birth. The authorities are divided upon the question whether a child or its personal representative may, in the absence of statute, maintain an action in damages for prenatal injury. 27 Am J Rev ed Inf § 3.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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