Accommodating Women's Differences Under the Women's Anti-Discrimination Convention
54 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2007 Last revised: 13 Dec 2013
The purpose of this article is to explore how the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Women's Anti-Discrimination Convention) can be more effectively applied to accommodate the differences women experience in the abortion context. Accommodating differences in the abortion context requires states to move beyond the myopic focus on the legality of the actual procedure to understand how the health care system neglects women, how antiabortion laws expropriate women's bodies and lives through forced childbearing and childrearing, and how they diminish women's moral agency. States are required not only to accommodate women's biological differences, but also to redress the dignity-denying treatment to which women are subjected in their various pathways to abortion. Equality requires that states address the discriminatory treatment in the health care system, and address socio-cultural norms to ensure that all women have equal and dignified access to services that respond to their particular health need, and that respect their moral agency.
Keywords: Women's health, reproductive health, abortion, law, equality, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
JEL Classification: K10, J13, I18, I10
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