Forced Labor, Revisited: The Thirteenth Amendment and Abortion
Northwestern University School of Law
January 29, 2010
PROMISES OF LIBERTY: THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT ABOLITIONISM AND ITS CONTEMPORARY VITALITY, Alexander Tsesis, ed., Columbia University Press, 2010
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-08
Many recent works on the Thirteenth Amendment break new ground, deploying the amendment in new and creative ways. This is not one of them. I here restate an argument I made twenty years ago, defending abortion rights on the basis of the amendment. I then consider how the work was received, offer some amendments to the argument, and conclude with some reflections on how, perhaps, it can have more influence in the future.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Thirteenth Amendment, Abortion
JEL Classification: K19, K39
Date posted: February 1, 2010
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