Abortion  book cover
1st Edition


Edited By

Belinda Bennett

ISBN 9780754622383
Published May 28, 2004 by Routledge
584 Pages

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Book Description

Abortion remains one of the most complex and controversial issues in contemporary law and bioethics. This volume draws together key essays from leading scholars on the ethical and regulatory aspects of abortion. The essays explore the complex issues of personhood, prenatal life and reproductive rights, international perspectives on the regulation of abortion, health professionals and the provision of abortion services, and prenatal diagnosis and abortion. This volume will be an invaluable tool for all those interested in this challenging area.

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I: Personhood, Prenatal Life and Reproductive Rights: Is there a 'new ethics of abortion'?, Raanan Gillon; A defense of abortion, Judith Jarvis Thomson; The rights and wrongs of abortion: a reply to Judith Thomson, John Finnis; A defense of 'A Defense of Abortion': on the responsibility objection to Thomson's argument, David Boonin; Thomson's violinist and conjoined twins, Kenneth Einar Himma ; The moral significance of birth, Mary Anne Warren; Abortion and embodiment, Catriona Mackenzie; Fetal images: the power of visual culture in the politics of reproduction, Rosalind Pollack Petchesky; More than 'a woman's right to choose'?, Susan Himmelweit; Reflections on sex equality under law, Catherine A. MacKinnon ; Prenatal invasions and interventions: what's wrong with fetal rights, Janet Gallagher. Part II: Regulating Abortion: International Perspectives: The criminal sanction as it relates to human reproduction: the genesis of the statutory prohibition of abortion, Shelley Gavigan; Abortion laws: comparative and feminist perspectives in Australia, England and the United States, Kerry Petersen; Unenumerated rights: whether and how Roe should be overruled, Ronald Dworkin; Member state sovereignty and women's reproductive rights: the European Union's response, Peta-Gaye Miller; Making abortions safe: a matter of good public health policy and practice, Marge Berer; The problem of coerced abortion in China and related ethical issues, Jing-Bao Nie. Part III: Health Professionals and Abortion: The need for more physicians trained in abortion: raising future physicians' awareness, Steve Heilig and Therese S. Wilson); The pro-life maternal-fetal medicine physician: a problem of integrity, Jeffrey Blustein and Alan R. Fleischman; Freedom of conscience, professional responsibility, and access to abortion, Rebecca S. Dresser. Part IV: Prenatal Diagnosis and Abortion: One principle and three fallacies of disability studies, John Harris; Prenatal diagnosis and selective abortion: a challenge to practice and policy, Adrienne Asch; The disability rights critique of prenatal genetic testing: reflections and recommendations, Erik Parens and Adrienne Asch; Abortion, autonomy and prenatal diagnosis, Emily Jackson; Abortion and the law: questions for feminism, Nivedita Menon; Name index.

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’This volume will be an invaluable tool for all those interested in this challenging area.’ Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics '...a useful and informative collection of articles...an important resource for scholars..." - Health Sociology Review