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This computer-generated image shows the formation of a zygote after fertilization. Some Republican-led states, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Oklahoma, have passed laws declaring that life begins at fertilization, a contention that opens the door to a host of pregnancy-related litigation. Anatomical Travelogue/Science Source hide caption

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Bangladeshi commuters use boats to cross the Buriganga River in the capital Dhaka in 2018. In July, Bangladesh's top court granted all the country's rivers the same legal rights as humans. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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