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Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies - Introduction

Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, pages 1-10, 2014

10 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2014 Last revised: 5 Jan 2017

Rebecca J. Cook

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Joanna N. Erdman

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Bernard Dickens

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

As this introduction illustrates, Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies offers a fresh look at significant transnational legal developments in recent years, examining key judicial decisions, constitutional texts, and regulatory reforms of abortion law in order to envision ways ahead.

While the United States and Western Europe may have been the vanguard of abortion law reform in the latter half of the twentieth century, Central and South America are proving to be laboratories of thought and innovation in the twenty-first century, as are particular countries in Africa and Asia. Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective offers a fresh look at significant transnational legal developments in recent years, examining key judicial decisions, constitutional texts, and regulatory reforms of abortion law in order to envision ways ahead.

The chapters summarized in this introduction investigate issues of access, rights, and justice, as well as social constructions of women, sexuality, and pregnancy, through different legal procedures and regimes. They address the promises and risks of using legal procedure to achieve reproductive justice from different national, regional, and international vantage points; how public and courtroom debates are framed within medical, religious, and human rights arguments; the meaning of different narratives that recur in abortion litigation and language; and how respect for women and prenatal life is expressed in various legal regimes. By exploring how legal actors advocate, regulate, and adjudicate the issue of abortion, this timely volume seeks to build on existing developments to bring about change of a larger order.

Keywords: abortion law, abortion, termination of pregnancy, jurisprudence, human rights

JEL Classification: K10, J13, I18

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Cook, Rebecca J. and Erdman, Joanna N. and Dickens, Bernard, Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies - Introduction (2014). Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, pages 1-10, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2491840

Rebecca J. Cook (Contact Author)

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Joanna N. Erdman

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

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Bernard Dickens

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

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