Abortion & Dialogue

Abortion & Dialogue : Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, and American Law

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'The issues she takes on are crucial, not solely the subject areas of reproductive rights and law, or public policy lenses and judicial impact in women's and children's lives, but also the more difficult and fundamental questions of how these 'hot topics' can be approached so as to make the most of the good will of all and the force of free discussion for social learning...she brings a strong, evolving and distinctive perspective to the discussion' - Emily Fowler Hartigan.In "Abortion and Dialogue", Ruth Colker argues that when the state intervenes in decisions regarding pregnancies, it falsely views the woman and the fetus as having conflicting needs. Her feminist-theological perspective on reproductive health issues encourages both pro-choice and pro-life advocates to consider how the value of life is implicated in discussions of reproduction. Colker argues that theology can contribute to our understanding if we apply the concepts of love, compassion, and wisdom to problems identified by feminist theory and to actual concrete situations: the impact of abortion regulations on poor female adolescents; the judicial treatment of abortion regulations; and, state intervention into women's decision-making during pregnancies carried to term. Colker concludes by examining effective and respectful family-planning strategies that truly help women in making reproductive choices.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 025320738X
  • 9780253207388

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The author hopes to help move the entire abortion debate into a more general discussion of effective and respectful reproductive health strategies that can help women truly decide how to make the reproductive decisions that are best for themselves and their community.show more

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" ... Colker thoughtfully argues that the right to abortion would be better premised on guarantees of equal protection than on the right to privacy.O NPublishers Weekly "This is feminist scholarship at its best: interdisciplinary, passionate, personal, and political ... Both controversial and inspiring, this volume is highly recommended ... O NChoice "This book could provide the basis for real dialogueNif thatOs what sincere religious spokespeople really want.O NNew Directions for Women " ... this book ranks among the best efforts to date to reconcile the seemingly absolute dichotomies in the abortion controversy ... O NCritical Review of Books in Religionshow more

About Ruth Colker

RUTH COLKER, Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, is the author of Abortion and Dialogue: Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, and American Law. She has written on feminist theory and abortion in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, Yale Journal on Law and Feminism, Harvard Women's Law Journal, and Columbia Journal on Gender and Law. In addition to her scholarship, she has served as a legal advocate on behalf of women working with the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund as well as the ACLU.show more

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION: ABORTION ADN DIALOGUE PART ONE FEMINISM AND THEOLOGY CHAPTER ONE Aspirations: An Authentic Self Embedded in Love, Compassion, and Wisdom CHAPTER TWO The Critique: The Problems of Consciousness and Sexual Objectification PART TWO WOMENSO VOICE CHAPTER THREE Testimonials CHAPTER FOUR Empirical Data PART THREE CHAPTER FIVE An Equality Perspective: Anti-Subordination Above ALl CHAPTER SIX Roe v. Wade CHAPTER SEVEN Webster v. Reproductive Health Services: WhereOs the Feminist Argument? CHAPTER EIGHT MATERNITY CASES AFTERWORD TOWARD CHOICE AND LIFE APPENDIX TABLE OF CASES INDEXshow more