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. Contents: Introduction. Part I: Personhood, Prenatal Life and Reproductive Rights: Is there a New Ethics of Abortion?, Raanan GillonA defense of abortion, Judith Jarvis ThomsonThe rights and wrongs of abortion: a reply to Judith Thomson, John FinnisA defense of A Defense of Abortion: on the responsibility objection to Thomsons argument, David Boonin-VailThomsons violinist and conjoined twins, Kenneth Einar HimmaThe moral significance of birth, Mary Anne WarrenAbortion and embodiment, Catriona MacKenzieFetal images: the power of visual culture in the politics of reproduction, Rosalind Pollack PetcheskyMore than A Womans Right to Choose?, Susan HimmelweitReflections on sex equality under law, Catherine A.
MacKinnonPrenatal invasions and interventions: whats 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 GaviganAbortion laws: comparative and feminist perspectives in Australia, England and the United States, Kerry PetersenUnremunerated rights: whether and how Roe should be overruled, Ronald DworkinMember state sovereignty and womens reproductive rights: the European Unions response, Peta-Gaye MillerMaking abortions safe: a matter of good public health policy and practice, M.
BererThe 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.
WilsonThe pro-life maternal-fetal medicine physician: a problem of integrity, Jeffrey Blustein and Alan R FleischmanFreedom 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 HarrisPrenatal diagnosis and selective abortion: a challenge to practice and policy, Adrienne AschThe disability rights critique of prenatal testing: reflections and recommendations, Erik Parens and Adrienne AschAbortion, autonomy and prenatal diagnosis, Emily JacksonAbortion and the law: questions for feminism, Nivedita MenonIndex.Author Biography: About the Editor: Belinda Bennett, Dr, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia.