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LIFE. The aggregate of the animal functions which resist death. Bichat.
     2. The state of animated beings, while they possess the power of feeling and motion. It commences in contemplation of law generally as soon as the infant is able to stir in the mother's womb; 1 Bl. Com. 129; 3 Inst. 50; Wood's Inst. 11; and ceases at death. Lawyers and legislators are not, however, the best physiologists, and it may be justly suspected that in fact life commences before the mother can perceive any motion of the foetus. 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 291.
     3. For many purposes, however, life is considered as begun from the moment of conception in ventre sa mere. Vide Foetus. But in order to acquire and transfer civil rights the child must be born alive. Whether a child is born alive, is to be ascertained from certain signs which are always attendant upon life. The fact of the child's crying is the most certain. There may be a certain motion in a new born infant which may last even for hours, and yet there may not be complete life. It seems that in order to commence life the child must be born with the ability to breathe, and must actually have breathed. 1 Briand, Med. Leg. 1ere partie, c. 6, art. 1.
     4. Life is presumed to continue at least till one hundred years. 9 Mart. Lo. R. 257 See Death; Survivorship.
     5. Life is considered by the law of the utmost importance, and its most anxious care is to protect it. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 202-3.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Father Weymes, of St Bede's and Holy Rose Catholic Churches, both South Shields, said: "The church does not condone, in any way, someone taking their own life. However, I can understand that Mr Sinclair was not in the right frame of mind at the time.
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But the life, for Christians, that animates their social justice activities, is Christ's own life, for without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).
The inquiry has already heard that it is believed Dr Kelly took his own life by slashing his left wrist with a penknife.
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I doubt that the link between action and consequence has been severed in Johnson's own life, but she is so sure it has in everyone else's that she winds up taking the incredible position that those who accuse DeLillo of posturing (as did Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post) are really attacking realistic fiction: "Without a willingness to engage the problems of the world, around him, we would not have the novels of Dickens '" White Noise represents engagement?
A CHARITY football match is taking place tomorrow in memory of Dave Court, a father and keen footballer who took his own life last month.