The United States Congress and state legislatures have and continue to create laws touching on many areas of concern in bioethics. Links shown below are to suggested online resources for researching state and federal statutes. Also recommended are state and federal statute databases in Lexis Advance, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law.
Title 28: Judiciary and Judicial Procedure
Title 42: The Public Health and Welfare
Regulation are a significant source of law in the Bioethical field. Generally speaking, executive agencies are, by statute, delegated sufficient authority to promulgate regulations in order to effectively enforce certain related statutes. Research federal regulations dealing with bioehtics and related issues with the following resources:
Title 45, Public Welfare, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR)
Use the Federal Register (published daily) and the List of Sections Affected (LSA) to research the latest changes to federal regulations.
CFR List of Sections Affected (LSA)
Issues in Bioethics may be litigated in state or federal court. Case-law from the federal courts may be particularly useful, as bioethical issues frequently implicate basic rights. Case law may be searched using Lexis Advance, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law. The following resources are also recommended:
United States Supreme Court Opinions:
Other Case Resources:
Additional state and federal court websites may be found online