The Judge as Moral Arbiter? The Case of Abortion

CONSTITUTIONAL TOPOGRAPHY: VALUES AND CONSTITUTIONS, András Sajó & Renáta Uitz, eds., Boom Eleven International, 2010

20 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2010

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Susanna Mancini

University of Bologna School of Law; Johns Hopkins University (SAIS)

Michel Rosenfeld

Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Date Written: January 7, 2010

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to determine whether judges can avoid being moral arbiters; whether they ought to be moral arbiters; or whether inevitable questions of morality tied to the grant and protection of constitutional) rights ought to be entrusted to others, such as the constituent power, legislators, etc. The paper will test these issues in relation to the existing constitutional jurisprudence relating to abortion gauged from a comparative perspective. Part I will provide a critical assessment of the theoretical debate; Part II, an examination of insights stemming from relevant constitutional jurisprudences on abortion, and, Part III a theory about the optimal apportionment of responsibility for determining the moral issues that arise in the context of the recognition, interpretation and implementation of constitutionalized fundamental rights.

Keywords: Rights, Abortion, Life, Morality, Dignity, Proportionality, Judges

Suggested Citation

Mancini, Susanna and Rosenfeld, Michel, The Judge as Moral Arbiter? The Case of Abortion (January 7, 2010). CONSTITUTIONAL TOPOGRAPHY: VALUES AND CONSTITUTIONS, András Sajó & Renáta Uitz, eds., Boom Eleven International, 2010 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1721644

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