Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies

 Edited by Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman, and Bernard M. Dickens, U Penn Press, 2014, 480 pages Hardcover or ebook.  Available at University of Pennsylvania Press.   Spanish edition (FCE, 2016):   ¡en español!

Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies offers a fresh look at significant transnational legal developments in recent years, examining key judicial decisions, constitutional texts, and regulatory reforms of abortion law in order to envision ways ahead.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman, and Bernard M. Dickens  Download or read

Part I. Constitutional Values and Regulatory Regimes

The Constitutionalization of Abortion, Reva B. Siegel   Read abstract

Abortion in Portugal: New Trends in European Constitutionalism, Ruth Rubio-Marín Read abstract

Women’s Rights in the Abortion Decision of the Slovak Constitutional Court, Adriana Lamacková  Read abstract,

Proportionality in the Constitutional Review of Abortion Law, Verónica Undurraga Read abstract,

A Functionalist Approach to Comparative Abortion Law, Rachel Rebouché Read abstract,

Part II. Procedural Justice and Liberal Access

The Procedural Turn: Abortion at the European Court of Human Rights, Joanna N. Erdman  Read abstract,

The Struggle Against Informal Rules on Abortion in Argentina, Paola Bergallo  Read abstract,

Reforming African Abortion Laws and Practice: The Place of Transparency, Charles G. Ngwena  Read abstract,

Part III. Framing and Claiming Rights

The Medical Framework and Early Medical Abortion in the U.K.: How Can a State Control Swallowing? Sally Sheldon  Read abstract

The Right to Conscience, Bernard M. Dickens  Read abstract,

Catholic Constitutionalism on Sex, Women, and the Beginning of Life, Julieta Lemaitre  Read abstract,

Bringing Abortion into the Brazilian Public Debate: Legal Strategies for Anencephalic Pregnancy,   Luís Roberto Barroso    Read abstract

Toward Transformative Equality in Nepal: The Lakshmi Dhikta Decision,  Melissa Upreti  Read abstract

Part IV. Narratives and Social Meaning

Reckoning with Narratives of Innocent Suffering in Transnational Abortion Litigation, Lisa M. Kelly  Read abstract,

Narratives of Prenatal Personhood in Abortion Law, Alejandro Madrazo,  Read abstract,

Stigmatized Meanings of Criminal Abortion Law, Rebecca J. Cook, Read abstract

Table of Legislation.
Table of Cases. (online here, with links to decisions in English and/or other languages). _______________________________________________________________
Early reviews and full description from U Penn Press: online here.
Introduction by the editors (online through SSRN) includes an overview of the chapters.
Book reviewers should contact Gigi Lamm (glamm {a} pobox. upenn. edu)
Many thanks to the 16 authors of this exceptional anthology!

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