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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman, and Bernard M. Dickens
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I. Constitutional Values and Regulatory Regimes
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1. The Constitutionalization of Abortion
  2. Reva B. Siegel
  3. pp. 13-35
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  1. 2. Abortion in Portugal: New Trends in European Constitutionalism
  2. Ruth Rubio-Marín
  3. pp. 36-55
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  1. 3. Women’s Rights in the Abortion Decision of the Slovak Constitutional Court
  2. Adriana Lamačková
  3. pp. 56-76
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  1. 4. Proportionality in the Constitutional Review of Abortion Law
  2. Verónica Undurraga
  3. pp. 77-97
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  1. 5. A Functionalist Approach to Comparative Abortion Law
  2. Rachel Rebouché
  3. pp. 98-118
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  1. Part II. Procedural Justice and Liberal Access
  2. pp. 119-120
  1. 6. The Procedural Turn: Abortion at the European Court of Human Rights
  2. Joanna N. Erdman
  3. pp. 121-142
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  1. 7. The Struggle Against Informal Rules on Abortion in Argentina
  2. Paola Bergallo
  3. pp. 143-165
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  1. 8. Reforming African Abortion Laws and Practice: The Place of Transparency
  2. Charles G. Ngwena
  3. pp. 166-186
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  1. Part III. Framing and Claiming Rights
  2. pp. 187-188
  1. 9. The Medical Framework and Early Medical Abortion in the U.K.: How Can a State Control Swallowing?
  2. Sally Sheldon
  3. pp. 189-209
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  1. 10. The Right to Conscience
  2. Bernard M. Dickens
  3. pp. 210-238
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  1. 11. Catholic Constitutionalism on Sex, Women, and the Beginning of Life
  2. Julieta Lemaitre
  3. pp. 239-257
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  1. 12. Bringing Abortion into the Brazilian Public Debate: Legal Strategies for Anencephalic Pregnancy
  2. Luís Roberto Barroso
  3. pp. 258-278
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  1. 13. Toward Transformative Equality in Nepal: The Lakshmi Dhikta Decision
  2. Melissa Upreti
  3. pp. 279-300
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  1. Part IV. Narratives and Social Meaning
  2. pp. 301-302
  1. 14. Reckoning with Narratives of Innocent Suffering in Transnational Abortion Litigation
  2. Lisa M. Kelly
  3. pp. 303-326
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  1. 15. Narratives of Prenatal Personhood in Abortion Law
  2. Alejandro Madrazo
  3. pp. 327-346
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  1. 16. Stigmatized Meanings of Criminal Abortion Law
  2. Rebecca J. Cook
  3. pp. 347-370
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  1. Table of Cases
  2. pp. 371-378
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  1. Table of Legislation, Treaties, and Other Relevant Instruments
  2. pp. 379-386
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 387-456
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 459-470
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 471-472
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812209990
Print ISBN
9780812246278
MARC Record
OCLC
888552457
Pages
512
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-23
Language
English
Open Access
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