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Abortion and Reproductive Rights

Jane Maslow Cohen

in The Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199248179
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199248179.013.0030
 Abortion and Reproductive Rights

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This article discusses critical debate about individual control over the beginnings of life that has sprawled across the fields of academic law, philosophy, politics, religion, the life sciences, and the self-christened field of bioethics from the 1960s up to the present. The subject has formed in and around a cascade of popular pressures; biomedical advances; legislative, judicial, and public policy initiatives; media attention; and the boiling politics in which, at least in the United States, the whole series of enterprises has been bathed. The present undertaking will train on the law. It covers contraception in the United States, abortion law and policy in the United States, and contraception and abortion in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Keywords: contraception; abortion law; abortion policy; United States; Europe; United Kingdom

Article.  13260 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Human Rights and Immigration

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