Book Review: The Feminization of Abortion

11 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2019

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Susan Frelich Appleton

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: July 31, 2019

Abstract

A joint project with Barbara Flagg, this critique of Robert Goldstein’s book, Mother Love and Abortion: A Legal Interpretation (1988), examines the author’s use of ideas from the object-relations school of psychoanalysis to supplement mainstream theories of abortion freedom. While noting the book’s valuable contributions, including its effort to place the pregnant woman at the center of the analysis, the review raises questions that the author’s attachment-theory-based arguments fail to answer and cites the costs that his “mother-love” approach might well impose on women.

Keywords: abortion, attachment theory, object relations school, women, gender

Suggested Citation

Appleton, Susan Frelich, Book Review: The Feminization of Abortion (July 31, 2019). 29 Jurimetrics J. 349 (1989); Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 19-07-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3430775

Susan Frelich Appleton (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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