In Search of Common Ground on Abortion: From Culture War to Reproductive Justice (Gender in Law,Culture, and Society)

In Search of Common Ground on Abortion: From Culture War to Reproductive Justice (Gender in Law,Culture, and Society)

By: Meredith B. Esser (editor), Robin West (editor), Justin Murray (editor), Professor Martha Albertson Fineman (series_editor)Hardback

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This book brings together academics, legal practitioners and activists with a wide range of pro-choice, pro-life and other views to explore the possibilities for cultural, philosophical, moral and political common ground on the subjects of abortion and reproductive justice more generally. It aims to rethink polarized positions on sexuality, morality, religion and law, in relation to abortion, as a way of laying the groundwork for productive and collaborative dialogue. Edited by a leading figure on gender issues and emerging voices in the quest for reproductive justice - a broad concept that encompasses the interests of men, women and children alike - the contributions both search for 'common ground' between opposing positions in our struggles around abortion, and seek to bring balance to these contentious debates. The book will be valuable to anyone interested in law and society, gender and religious studies and philosophy and theory of law.

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Robin West is Frederick Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy at the Georgetown University Law Center and Faculty Director of the Georgetown Center for Law and Humanities, where she has taught since 1986. She previously taught at the University of Maryland School of Law from 1986-1991 and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law from 1982-1985, and served as Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School and Chicago Law School. She has written extensively on gender issues and feminist legal theory, constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, legal philosophy, and law and humanities. Justin Murray is an appellate attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. After receiving his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as president of the pro-life student group Progressive Alliance for Life, he worked as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court of Maryland. He has written articles on the constitutional status of the right to abortion, the intersection of legal ethics and racial justice, and criminal procedure. Meredith Esser is a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter LLP. She received her J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and represented indigent clients in the District of Columbia as part of the Law Students in Court Legal Clinic. Upon graduation, she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.


Contents: Introduction, Justin Murray, Meredith Esser and Robin West; From choice to reproductive justice: de-constitutionalizing abortion rights, Robin West; The price of pleasure, Shari Motro; Abortion rhetoric and child custody laws for women who mother through rape, Shauna R. Prewitt; Toward common ground on policies advancing reproductive justice, Dorothy Roberts; Finding common ground in the disability rights critiques of selective abortions, Elizabeth R. Schiltz; Supporting pregnant women and their families to reduce the abortion rate, Kristen Day; Can a Catholic realist approach aid in the effort to find common ground in debates about abortion?, Susan J. Stabile; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/03/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781472420459
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 198
  • ID: 9781472420459
  • weight: 506
  • ISBN10: 1472420454

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