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Breaking the abortion deadlock : from choice to consent

Author: Eileen L McDonagh
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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For over twenty years the abortion debate has raged, with each side entrenched in unyielding positions. This book breaks the impasse by using pro-life premises to reach pro-choice conclusions. While it is commonly assumed that state protection of the fetus as a form of human life undermines women's reproductive rights, McDonagh instead illuminates how it is exactly such state protection of the fetus that  Read more...
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McDonagh, Eileen L.
Breaking the abortion deadlock.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)605014705
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McDonagh, Eileen L.
Breaking the abortion deadlock.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)609406427
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eileen L McDonagh
ISBN: 0195091418 9780195091410 0195091426 9780195091427
OCLC Number: 33403747
Description: xiii, 280 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Where do we go from here --
2. Immaculate pregnancy --
3. Separating sex from pregnancy --
4. Consent to pregnancy --
5. Wrongful pregnancy --
6. Abortion funding and due process --
7. From due process to equal protection --
8. Right to bodily access --
9. The politics of consent.
Responsibility: Eileen L. McDonagh.
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This text attempts to reframe abortion rights by focusing not on a woman's right to choose abortion, but rather on a woman's right to consent to pregnancy. Drawing on legal, medical and philosophical  Read more...

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