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Abortion law in transnational perspective : cases and controversies / edited by Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman, and Bernard M. Dickens.

Publication:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (482 p.)
Edition:
1st ed.
Series:
Pennsylvania studies in human rights.
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
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Subjects:
Abortion -- Law and legislation -- Case studies.
Abortion -- Law and legislation -- Cross-cultural studies.
Reproductive rights -- Law and legislation -- Case studies.
Reproductive rights -- Law and legislation -- Cross-cultural studies.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
It is increasingly implausible to speak of a purely domestic abortion law, as the legal debates around the world draw on precedents and influences of different national and regional contexts. While the United States and Western Europe may have been the vanguard of abortion law reform in the latter half of the twentieth century, Central and South America are proving to be laboratories of thought and innovation in the twenty-first century, as are particular countries in Africa and Asia. Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective offers a fresh look at significant transnational legal developments in recent years, examining key judicial decisions, constitutional texts, and regulatory reforms of abortion law in order to envision ways ahead. The chapters investigate issues of access, rights, and justice, as well as social constructions of women, sexuality, and pregnancy, through different legal procedures and regimes. They address the promises and risks of using legal procedure to achieve reproductive justice from different national, regional, and international vantage points; how public and courtroom debates are framed within medical, religious, and human rights arguments; the meaning of different narratives that recur in abortion litigation and language; and how respect for women and prenatal life is expressed in various legal regimes. By exploring how legal actors advocate, regulate, and adjudicate the issue of abortion, this timely volume seeks to build on existing developments to bring about change of a larger order. Contributors: Luis Roberto Barroso, Paola Bergallo, Rebecca J. Cook, Bernard M. Dickens, Joanna N. Erdman, Lisa M. Kelly, Adriana Lamačková, Julieta Lemaitre, Alejandro Madrazo, Charles G. Ngwena, Rachel Rebouché, Ruth Rubio-Marín, Sally Sheldon, Reva B. Siegel, Verónica Undurraga, Melissa Upreti.
Contents:
Front matter
Contents
Introduction
1. The Constitutionalization of Abortion
2. Abortion in Portugal: New Trends in European Constitutionalism
3. Women’s Rights in the Abortion Decision of the Slovak Constitutional Court
4. Proportionality in the Constitutional Review of Abortion Law
5. A Functionalist Approach to Comparative Abortion Law119
6. The Procedural Turn: Abortion at the European Court of Human Rights
7. The Struggle Against Informal Rules on Abortion in Argentina
8. Reforming African Abortion Laws and Practice: The Place of Transparency
9. The Medical Framework and Early Medical Abortion in the U.K.: How Can a State Control Swallowing?
10. The Right to Conscience
11. Catholic Constitutionalism on Sex, Women, and the Beginning of Life
12. Bringing Abortion into the Brazilian Public Debate: Legal Strategies for Anencephalic Pregnancy
13. Toward Transformative Equality in Nepal: The Lakshmi Dhikta Decision
14. Reckoning with Narratives of Innocent Suffering in Transnational Abortion Litigation
15. Narratives of Prenatal Personhood in Abortion Law
16. Stigmatized Meanings of Criminal Abortion Law
Table of Cases
Table of Legislation, Treaties, and Other Relevant Instruments
Notes
Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Includes index.
Description based on print version record.
Contributor:
Cook, Rebecca J., editor.
Erdman, Joanna N., editor.
Dickens, Bernard M., 1937- editor.
ISBN:
0-8122-2396-9
0-8122-0999-0
OCLC:
888552457
Publisher Number:
10.9783/9780812209990 doi