By Eileen McDonagh
This article makes an attempt to reframe abortion rights via focusing now not on a woman's correct to decide on abortion, yet relatively on a woman's correct to consent to being pregnant. Drawing on felony, clinical and philosophical definitions of being pregnant, it disaggregates the consent to sexual activity from the consent to being pregnant and argues that women and men have equivalent correct to physically integrity, that's outlined because the freedom from nonconsensual physically intrusion. The paintings offers the grounds for a woman's correct to an abortion and kingdom investment of abortions.
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Extra resources for Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: From Choice to Consent
Such an assumption produces a fetus-centered approach to abortion rights, which examines only what the fetus is, not what the fetus does. This book moves from a fetus-centered approach to a woman-centered approach. It is the woman who is pregnant, not the fetus. It is what the fetus does to a woman that justifies her right to terminate that condition, as well as the state's obligation to assist her to the degree that it provides protection to others against nonconsensual intrusion by private parties.
Before women could be protected and freed from the injuries of sexual harassment, for example, their victimization had to be articulated. So, too, with wrongful pregnancy imposed by a fetus. Identification of women as the victims of wrongful pregnancy is a necessary first step in the Where Do We Go from Here? 17 process of freeing them from this situation. Such an approach does not make women passive damsels in distress, waiting for the state to rescue them from the private intrusion of the fetus; but on the contrary, it places women on an equal footing with others in our society whose rights include calling on the state for assistance when private parties intrude without consent on their bodies and liberty.
People's refusal as bad Samaritans to give their bodies, their liberty, or their property to others in need, however, involves the state only if others take people's bodies, liberty, or property without consent. This view has been missing from the abortion debate. The state must stop a fetus from making a woman a captive Samaritan by taking her body without her consent, much as the state would stop a born person from so intruding on another. The Use of Deadly Force At the core of the abortion issue lie not only women's rights but also issues of life and death.
Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: From Choice to Consent by Eileen McDonagh