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):   ¡Ahora 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
Part I. Constitutional Values and Regulatory Regimes
The Constitutionalization of Abortion, Reva B. Siegel
Abortion in Portugal: New Trends in European Constitutionalism, Ruth Rubio-Marín
Women’s Rights in the Abortion Decision of the Slovak Constitutional Court, Adriana Lamacková
Proportionality in the Constitutional Review of Abortion Law, Verónica Undurraga
A Functionalist Approach to Comparative Abortion Law, Rachel Rebouché
Part II. Procedural Justice and Liberal Access
The Procedural Turn: Abortion at the European Court of Human Rights, Joanna N. Erdman
The Struggle Against Informal Rules on Abortion in Argentina, Paola Bergallo
Reforming African Abortion Laws and Practice: The Place of Transparency, Charles G. Ngwena
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
The Right to Conscience, Bernard M. Dickens
Catholic Constitutionalism on Sex, Women, and the Beginning of Life, Julieta Lemaitre
Bringing Abortion into the Brazilian Public Debate: Legal Strategies for Anencephalic Pregnancy, Luís Roberto Barroso
Toward Transformative Equality in Nepal: The Lakshmi Dhikta Decision, Melissa Upreti
Part IV. Narratives and Social Meaning 
Reckoning with Narratives of Innocent Suffering in Transnational Abortion Litigation, Lisa M. Kelly
Narratives of Prenatal Personhood in Abortion LawAlejandro Madrazo,  
Stigmatized Meanings of Criminal Abortion Law, Rebecca J. Cook,
Table of Legislation.
Table of Cases. (also 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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