Abortion Law and Politics Today by Ellie Lee

By Ellie Lee

Women's wishes are positioned on the centre of this assortment. The individuals speak about the level to which the modern criminal framework on abortion suits the desires of girls confronted with undesirable being pregnant. The publication includes sections on Britain, together with an account of the crusade to legalize abortion, written via these centrally concerned with that crusade; overseas comparisons of abortion legislations, with chapters on France, the U.S., eire and Poland; and chapters masking modern debates, together with men's rights in abortion and abortion for foetal abnormality.

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I know one of my aunties done it. 27 Even though in these instances the 'foetus' is recognized as being a potential child any 'moral' questions about the legitimacy of trying to 'get rid of it' are absent. Birth control clinic data also show the popular acceptance of abortion. '28 Nor did patients necessarily prefer contraceptive methods or find them 'morally' more satisfactory. One woman at Stopes' Cardiff clinic thought the cervical cap she was given was 'disgusting'. 29 The question as to whether there was a stage in pregnancy when abortion became unacceptable is difficult to ascertain; the interview data is not clear.

20. Muriel, interviewed by Kate Fisher, 11 Jan. 1994, bc2#3 (private collection). 21. Betty, interviewed by Kate Fisher, 15 April 1996, bczsw#19 (private collection). 22. Moya Woodside, 'Attitudes of Women Abortionists', Family Planning, 12, no. 2, July 1963, 33. 23. Madeline Kerr commented on the similar attitude of a Roman Catholic woman she spoke to, in a 1958 study of Liverpool, who considered birth control a sin. ' Yet under certain circumstances she appears to consider abortion permissible.

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