Abortion, Law, and the Cognitive Map

Naomi Cahn and June Carbone

in Red Families v. Blue Families

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199836819
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190260255 | DOI:
Abortion, Law, and the Cognitive Map

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While contraception is the vital aspect of the blue family model, abortion is the unfortunate yet essential backup. This is in contrast with the red family model wherein the issue of abortion paved the way for the reinforcement of traditional values. The status of abortion as a symbol of cultural dispute stemmed from the inclusion of religious teachings opposing the transformation of family morals, making it difficult to determine the political and legal grounds of abortion. This chapter looks at the abortion debate as likely a division between the absolutist and contextualist views in relation to the red-blue dichotomy, as well as its relevance in deciding about political preferences. It also discusses the issue of parental involvement in decisions regarding teen abortion as it is an important element in the distinction between the family paradigms and the regulation of abortion rights.

Keywords: abortion; blue family model; red family model; cultural disputes; traditional values; moral absolutism; moral contextualism; abortion rights

Chapter.  5399 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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