Abortion and Social Responsibility: Depolarizing the Debate by Laurie Shrage

By Laurie Shrage

Shrage argues that Roe v Wade's regulatory scheme of a six-month time span for abortion on call for polarized the general public and obscured choices with probably broader help. She explores the origins of that scheme, then defends another one--with a time span shorter than 6 months for non-therapeutic abortions--that may possibly win extensive aid had to make criminal abortion companies on hand to all ladies.

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For example, Mary Ann Glendon claims that in the West German and Spanish constitutional courts . . there is the notion that what the pregnant woman can be required to sacrifice for the common value is related to what the social welfare state is ready and able to do to help with the burdens of childbirth and parenthood. For example, the Spanish court, reluctantly upholding the exception of a defective fetus, takes note of the hardship involved in raising a disabled child and the very limited degree of public assistance presently available in Spain.

Because the fetus's body is "delivered" through the cervix first (supposedly resulting in a "partial birth"), opponents regard the procedure as a form of infanticide. This procedure and a related procedure, "Dilation and Evacuation" (D & E), in which the fetus is destroyed in the uterus and may be removed in pieces, are currently performed in the late second trimester, but before viability. Both D & X and D & E are guaranteed feticidal abortion methods, and they are generally regarded as safer for a woman than induced expulsion via an injection of a drug that causes uterine contractions.

We only need to hold that at some number of weeks the fetus has reached a stage of development that renders it similar enough to other beings that have this right or privilege. In the next chapter, I will argue that neither privacy-based nor equality-based justifications re- is Roe viable? 25 quire that the right to unrestricted abortion be as broad as six months. Moreover, none of these defenses requires that the right to unrestricted abortion be limited by some fetal capacity such as viability.

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