Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy

Congratulations to Prof. Erin Nelson, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Alberta, Canada, whose new book is now available.

Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy (Oxford: Hart, 2013) examines the idea of reproductive autonomy, noting that in attempting to look closely at the contours of the concept, we begin to see some uncertainty about its meaning and legal implications – about how to understand reproductive autonomy and how to value it. Both mainstream and feminist literature about autonomy contribute valuable insights into the meaning and implications of reproductive autonomy. The developing feminist literature on relational autonomy provides a useful starting point for a contextualised conception of reproductive autonomy that creates the opportunity for meaningful exercise of reproductive choice. With a contextualised approach to reproductive autonomy as a backdrop, the book traces aspects of the regulation of reproduction (including abortion) in Canadian, English, US and Australian law and policy, arguing that not all reproductive decisions necessarily demand the same level of deference in law and policy, and making recommendations for reform.

Book purchase information online here.

Table of Contents online here.

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