Breaking the Abortion Deadlock : From Choice to Consent
This book attempts to reframe abortion rights by focusing not on a woman's right to choose abortion, but rather on a woman's right to consent to pregnancy. Drawing on legal, medical, and philosophical definitions of pregnancy, it disaggregates the consent to sexual intercourse from the consent to pregnancy and argues that men and women have equal right to bodily integrity, which is defined as the freedom from nonconsensual bodily intrusion. The work provides the grounds for a woman's right to an abortion and state funding of abortions.
- Paperback | 296 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
- 20 Feb 1997
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Back cover copy
This is a brilliant book. It resolves the tension central to much feminist imagery: that the fetus is not a living being and yet that pregnancy, like mothering, is a nurturing act (nurturing of what?)
Eileen McDonagh makes an original and provocative argument which has the potential to transform our understanding of abortion and secure not only the right to abortion, but also abortion funding. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in abortion rights. * Patricia Ireland, President, National Organization for Women (NOW) *
About Eileen L. McDonagh
Eileen L. McDonagh is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and a Visiting Scholar at the Murray Research Center, Radcliffe College.