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Abortion and Social Responsibility: Depolarizing the Debate

Laurie Shrage


This book argues that Roe v. Wade's six‐month time span for abortion “on demand” polarized the American public, and obscured alternatives that could have gained broad public support. As a result, a predictable bureaucratic backlash to legal abortion has ensued that has placed legal abortion services out of reach for women who are poor, young, or live far from urban centers. Explores the origins of Roe's regulatory scheme and demonstrates that it resulted from concerns that have considerably less relevance in today's medical context. Endorses regulatory guidelines, first proposed b ... More

Keywords: abortion, applied ethics, ethics, feminism, feminist artwork, philosophy, privacy, pro‐choice, pro‐life, religious freedom, reproductive rights, Roe v. Wade, Samaritan obligations, self‐defense, Laurie Shrage

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195153095
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019515309X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie Shrage, author
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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