Forced Labor, Revisited: The Thirteenth Amendment and Abortion
PROMISES OF LIBERTY: THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT ABOLITIONISM AND ITS CONTEMPORARY VITALITY, Alexander Tsesis, ed., Columbia University Press, 2010
17 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2010
Date Written: January 29, 2010
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.
Keywords: Thirteenth Amendment, Abortion
JEL Classification: K19, K39
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