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Abortion remains one of the most complex and controversial issues in contemporary law and bioethics. This volume draws together key essays from leading scholars on the ethical and regulatory aspects of abortion. The essays explore the complex issues of personhood, prenatal life and reproductive rights, international perspectives on the regulation of abortion, health professionals and the provision of abortion services, and prenatal diagnosis and abortion. This volume will be an invaluable tool for all those interested in this challenging area.

Contents: Introduction. Part I: Personhood, Prenatal Life and Reproductive Rights: Is there a 'New Ethics of Abortion'?, Raanan Gillon
A defense of abortion, Judith Jarvis Thomson
The rights and wrongs of abortion: a reply to Judith Thomson, John Finnis
A defense of 'A Defense of Abortion': on the responsibility objection to Thomson's argument, David Boonin-Vail
Thomson's violinist and conjoined twins, Kenneth Einar Himma
The moral significance of birth, Mary Anne Warren
Abortion and embodiment, Catriona MacKenzie
Fetal images: the power of visual culture in the politics of reproduction, Rosalind Pollack Petchesky
More than 'A Woman's Right to Choose'?, Susan Himmelweit
Reflections on sex equality under law, Catherine A. MacKinnon
Prenatal invasions and interventions: what's wrong With fetal rights, Janet Gallagher. Part II: Regulating Abortion: International Perspectives: The criminal sanction as it relates to human reproduction: the genesis of the statutory prohibition of abortion, Shelley Gavigan
Abortion laws: comparative and feminist perspectives in Australia, England and the United States, Kerry Petersen
Unremunerated rights: whether and how Roe should be overruled, Ronald Dworkin
Member state sovereignty and women's reproductive rights: the European Union's response, Peta-Gaye Miller
Making abortions safe: a matter of good public health policy and practice, M. Berer
The problem of coerced abortion in China and related ethical issues, Jing-Bao Nie. Part III: Health Professionals and Abortion: The need for more physicians trained in abortion: raising future physicians' awareness, Steve Heilig and Therese S. Wilson
The pro-life maternal-fetal medicine physician: a problem of integrity, Jeffrey Blustein and Alan R Fleischman
Freedom of conscience, professional responsibility, and access to abortion, Rebecca S. Dresser. Part IV: Prenatal Diagnosis and Abortion: One principle and three fallacies of disability studies, John Harris
Prenatal diagnosis and selective abortion: a challenge to practice and policy, Adrienne Asch
The disability rights critique of prenatal testing: reflections and recommendations, Erik Parens and Adrienne Asch
Abortion, autonomy and prenatal diagnosis, Emily Jackson
Abortion and the law: questions for feminism, Nivedita Menon
Index.

Author Biography: About the Editor: Belinda Bennett, Dr, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Series preface
Introduction
1 Is there a "new ethics of abortion"? 3
2 A defense of abortion 9
3 The rights and wrongs of abortion : a reply to Judith Thomson 29
4 A defense of "a defense of abortion" : on the responsibility objection to Thomson's argument 59
5 Thomson's violinist and conjoined twins 87
6 The moral significance of birth 99
7 Abortion and embodiment 119
8 Fetal images : the power of visual culture in the politics of reproduction 139
9 More than "a woman's right to choose"? 169
10 Reflections on sex equality under law 189
11 Prenatal invasions and interventions : what's wrong with fetal rights 237
12 'The criminal sanction as it relates to human reproduction : the genesis of the statutory prohibition of Abortion 289
13 Abortion laws : comparative and feminist perspectives in Australia, England and the United States 313
14 Unenumerated rights : whether and how Roe should be overruled 343
15 Member state sovereignty and women's reproductive rights : the European Union's response 395
16 Making abortions safe : a matter of good public health policy and practice 413
17 The problem of coerced abortion in China and related ethical issues 427
18 The need for more physicians trained in abortion : raising future physicians' awareness 443
19 The pro-life maternal-fetal medicine physician : a problem of integrity 447
20 Freedom of conscience, professional responsibility, and access to abortion 453
21 One principle and three fallacies of disability studies 461
22 Prenatal diagnosis and selective abortion : a challenge to practice and policy 467
23 The disability rights critique of prenatal genetic testing : reflections and recommendations 477
24 Abortion, autonomy and prenatal diagnosis 519
25 Abortion and the law : questions for feminism 547
Name index 563
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