The abortion myth : feminisn, morality, and the hard choices women make


    • Cannold, Leslie


The abortion myth : feminisn, morality, and the hard choices women make

Leslie Cannold

Wesleyan University Press : University Press of New England, c2000

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [157]-163) and index

"Original Australian edition published in paperback by Allen & Unwin, St.Leonards, NSW, 1998" -- T.p. verso



Leslie Cannold, an American bioethicist working in Australia, seeks to forge a new ethics of abortion in her groundbreaking book. Drawing on her own study of women's actual experiences of and attitudes toward abortion, she documents the difficult choices women make and the moral and ethical reasoning they bring to bear on the question of abortion, whether they are pro- or anti-choice. In the lived experience of women, she finds a practical ethics of abortion in which termination is not only a moral response to an unplanned pregnancy, it may be the only moral response. Feminism must develop a new appreciation of what abortion means to women, Cannold argues. Their right to choose (or reject) motherhood, rather than to control their bodies, must be at the center of this new approach, as must the responsive, caring relationship between the pregnant woman and her fetus. Such an approach to this volatile issue offers a middle ground in an often polarized debate. Upon her book's publication in Australia, The Bulletin declared that a refreshingly forthright and compassionate voice has broken through the rancour and tedium of this benighted controversy. This first American edition, revised and with a new introduction by the author, contains a foreword by Rene Denfeld, author of The New Victorians: A Young Woman's Challenge to the Old Feminist Order.

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