Breaking the Abortion Deadlock : From Choice to Consent
This text 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.
- Hardback | 293 pages
- 150 x 230 x 25.4mm | 420g
- 24 Oct 1996
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
"This book is courageous, innovative, and directly addresses a weakness many have found in the pro-choice movement." Mary E. Becker, The University of Chicago School of Law"Very few discussions of abortion really consider the position of a woman who is pregnant and doesn't want to be. Eileen McDonaghs book should make it impossible for anyone who takes abortion seriously to ignore her arguments."-- Loftus E. Becker, Jr., University of Connecticut School of Law"A brilliant book....McDonagh's readiness to meet the pro-life argument on its own ground, accepting the possibility of fetal personhood, allows her to come to a more compelling defense of abortion rights than pro-choice advocates or than the Roe v. Wade decision, itself. McDonagh's reframing of the abortion debate as about consent rather than choice is breathtaking in its originality and in the depth of its scholarship."-- Mary Katzenstein, Cornell University
About Eileen L. McDonagh
About the Author Eileen L. McDonagh is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and a Visiting Scholar at the Murray Research Center, Radcliffe College.