Book Review: The Feminization of Abortion
29 Jurimetrics J. 349 (1989)
11 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2019
Date Written: July 31, 2019
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
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