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Abortion, Dignity and a Capabilities Approach


Rosalind Dixon


UNSW Faculty of Law

Martha C. Nussbaum


University of Chicago - Law School

March 30, 2011

FEMINIST CONSTITUTIONALISM, Beverly Baines, Daphne Barak-Erez, Tsvi Kahana, eds., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011
U of Chicago Public Law Working Paper No. 345

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The right to "dignity" has played a central role in grounding constitutional rights of access to abortion, yet the concept itself remains under-theorized. This is particularly so when it comes to the relationship between human dignity and women's physical and psychological health or integrity. This essay addresses this gap in the constitutional literature by drawing on the account of human dignity provided by a "capabilities approach"; and by explaining for the first time in detail the logical implications of such an approach for the constitutional regulation of abortion.

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Date posted: March 30, 2011  

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Dixon, Rosalind and Nussbaum, Martha C., Abortion, Dignity and a Capabilities Approach (March 30, 2011). FEMINIST CONSTITUTIONALISM, Beverly Baines, Daphne Barak-Erez, Tsvi Kahana, eds., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011; U of Chicago Public Law Working Paper No. 345. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1799190

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Australia
Martha C. Nussbaum
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