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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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MARLASCA LOPEZ, Antonio. Vida humana y persona. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2002, vol.19, n.2, pp.5-12. ISSN 2215-5287.

In this essay, more than a linguistic game of terms and expressions, we treat the meanings of human life and the human person, and how this simooms in the habitual language, have been to changed into a sophisticated judicial tool, by the conclusion of the Costa Rican Constitutional Court, who using a mysterious science, has said that once the ovule has been fecund, it is a human being. For that reason we emphasize the contra sense to sever that the beginning is the same than the product, understanding that the seed is different than the fruit, referring to Savater, when he said, when you eat an egg you are not eat chicken. The embryo recently fecund or pre-embryo is beginning, seed, potency, maybe one day it will be a human person, from there the conclusion that not all human life is a human person.

Keywords : Embryo; pre-embryo; human life; human person; Constitutional Court; individuality; human genome project; clonation.

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