By Justin, Dr Murray, Meredith, Dr Esser, Robin, Professor West
This booklet brings jointly lecturers, felony practitioners and activists with a variety of pro-choice, pro-life and different perspectives to discover the probabilities for cultural, philosophical, ethical and political universal flooring at the topics of abortion and reproductive justice extra in most cases. It goals to reconsider polarized positions on sexuality, morality, faith and legislation, relating to abortion, as a manner of laying the foundation for effective and collaborative discussion. Edited by means of a number one determine on gender matters and rising voices within the quest for reproductive justice—a wide idea that encompasses the pursuits of fellows, girls and youngsters alike—the contributions either look for ’common flooring’ among opposing positions in our struggles round abortion, and search to convey stability to those contentious debates. The publication could be invaluable to somebody attracted to legislation and society, gender and non secular reviews and philosophy and idea of legislations.
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47 This has consequences for everyone who spends substantial parts of their adult lives caring for the needs of dependents, whether small children or the elderly, and who incurs substantial costs by virtue of so doing. Pregnant women, parents of small children, and the grown children of elderly parents, by virtue of their caregiving obligations, are not capable of the sort of independence that is so highly valued in a culture that prizes rugged individualism above all else. Caregivers are less independent, and therefore less autonomous, than those with no such obligations.
Placing the question in a historical context, one might recall that Catharine MacKinnon’s early critiques of Roe v. Wade pointed to two important legitimating effects of that decision—one quite speciic and the other more general. First, she argued, constitutionalizing a right to terminate a pregnancy broadly legitimates the 41 See generally Mark Kelman, Choice and Utility, 1979 WIS. L. REV. 769 (exploring examples of choices that do not increase utility); Duncan Kennedy, Distributive and Paternalist Motives in Contract and Tort Law, with Special Reference to Compulsory Terms and Unequal Bargaining Power, 41 MD.
The third part of the chapter looks at opportunities for promoting reproductive justice—including legal, moral, political, and rhetorical—that the pro-choice community might have lost because of its focus on rights and Supreme Court authority in the abortion debates. The conclusion briely points toward a reproductive justice agenda that incorporates, without centralizing, a strong political case for access to legal abortion as central to women’s equal citizenship, without compromising or undercutting other progressive and feminist aims.