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A woman’s right to choose
Sarah Browne

6 Abortion: a woman’s right to choose A ccounts of the WLM in Britain have often argued that the debates discussed in Chapter 5, especially those between radical and socialist feminists and over sexualities, led to the fragmentation of the movement, which then resulted in a ‘dramatic decline’ of the WLM at the end of the 1970s.1 Fragmentation is often portrayed as undermining the unity and strength of women’s liberation politics. For example, Bouchier argued that ‘the limited appeal and fragmentation of the British movement are indisputably signs of weakness

in The women’s liberation movement in Scotland
Margaret Brazier and Emma Cave

13.1 The legal and moral status of the human embryo continues to attract controversy. For the devout Roman Catholic and many others, life is given by God and begins at conception, thus the deliberate destruction of an embryo, be it in the course of embryo research, or by abortion, is the equivalent of killing you or us. The destruction of the embryo can only be justifiable, if at all, where the mother’s life is at risk. Even in such a case, abortion is still not lawful in some countries. 1 In 2010, three women went to the European Court of Human Rights

in Medicine, patients and the law (sixth edition)
Edward Ashbee

TBA_C07.qxd 12/02/2007 12:01PM Page 193 7 Abortion and the ‘culture of life’ Of all the issues associated with cultural and sexual politics, abortion has created the most bitter and enduring divisions. The fate of the unborn is the battlefield where depictions of an American ‘culture war’ seem to have the greatest credence and legitimacy. Only military metaphors appear to capture the sense of unyielding dedication that has characterised both the ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ campaigns and the degree of polarization between the two sides. All too often, they

in The Bush administration, sex and the moral agenda
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Lesbian citizenship and filmmaking in Sweden in the 1970s
Ingrid Ryberg

 195 11 ABORTION PREVENTION Lesbian citizenship and filmmaking in Sweden in the 1970s I ngr id  Ry be rg I n the late 1970s, in the midst of the so-​called gay liberation era, two pivotal lesbian films were shot in Sweden: the documentary short The Woman in Your Life Is You [Kvinnan i ditt liv är du] (1977), directed collectively by members of the organisation Lesbisk Front [Lesbian Front] in Stockholm, and the short educational fiction Eva and Maria [Eva och Maria] (Marie Falksten, Annalena Öhrström and Mary Eisikovits, 1983), directed by three women who ran

in The power of vulnerability
Ruth Fletcher

2 Conscientious objection, harm reduction and abortion care Ruth Fletcher Introduction The scope of any legal right to refuse to provide abortion care merits particular consideration following the introduction of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 (PLDPA). Irish health scholarship and practice may benefit from an account of conscientious objection (CO) that clarifies when CO is legitimately engaged by a refusal to provide care and whether CO is limited given its potential effect as a barrier to women’s lawful access to abortion. This chapter

in Ethical and legal debates in Irish healthcare
Amy Helen Bell

4 Suspicious deaths and abortions in London, 1933–53 Introduction Women’s deaths as a result of illegal abortions were unique among the categories of suspicious deaths in London in that the victim conspired with her killer. Women seeking abortions, their helpers and their abortionists were all acting illegally and colluded in secrecy, which made tracing the abortionist responsible for a woman’s accidental death very difficult for the police. The Metropolitan Police investigations of women’s suspicious deaths as a result of abortions in the middle of the century

in Murder Capital
Author: Edward Ashbee

This book considers the policy of the George W. Bush administration towards issues such as abortion, sex education, obscenity and same-sex marriage. It suggests that, although accounts have often emphasised the ties between George W. Bush and the Christian right, the administration's strategy was, at least until early 2005, largely directed towards the courting of middle-ground opinion. The study offers a detailed and comprehensive survey of policy making; assesses the political significance of moral concerns; evaluates the role of the Christian Right; and throws new light on George W. Bush's years in office and the character of his thinking.

Author: Sarah Browne

Along with the suffrage campaign, women's liberation activism is one of the most renowned aspects of women's political history. The women's liberation movement (WLM) has often been linked with the 'big city'. This is the first book-length account of the women's liberation movement in Scotland, which charts the origins and development of this important social movement of the post-1945 period. In doing so, it reveals the inventiveness and fearlessness of feminist activism, while also pointing towards the importance of considering the movement from the local and grassroots perspectives. This book has two central arguments. First, it presses for a more representative historiography in which material from other places outside of the large women's liberation centres are included. Second, it highlights that case studies not only enrich our knowledge about women's liberation but they also challenge the way the British movement has been portrayed by both participants and historians. The book commences with contextualising the subject and summarising recent research into the movement in the United Kingdom. It looks at the roots of the movement by offering portrayals of the women who went on to form women's liberation groups in Scotland. The book then analyses the phenomenon of 'consciousness-raising' (CR) and the part it had to play in the WLM's development. The focus then moves to exploring where, when and why women's liberation groups emerged. The campaigns taken up by the WLM were to defend abortion rights and campaign against violence against women.

Embryo research, cloning, assisted conception, neonatal care, saviour siblings, organ transplants, drug trials – modern developments have transformed the field of medicine almost beyond recognition in recent decades and the law struggles to keep up.

In this highly acclaimed and very accessible book Margaret Brazier and Emma Cave provide an incisive survey of the legal situation in areas as diverse as fertility treatment, patient consent, assisted dying, malpractice and medical privacy.

The sixth edition of this book has been fully revised and updated to cover the latest cases, from assisted dying to informed consent; legislative reform of the NHS, professional regulation and redress; European regulations on data protection and clinical trials; and legislation and policy reforms on organ donation, assisted conception and mental capacity.

Essential reading for healthcare professionals, lecturers, medical and law students, this book is of relevance to all whose perusal of the daily news causes wonder, hope and consternation at the advances and limitations of medicine, patients and the law.

The politics of triumph and despair
Author: Gary Murphy

The aim of this book is to assess the quarter century of political competition in the Republic of Ireland from the time of the ending of recession of the 1980s up to the 2011 general election where Ireland was ruled by the Troika and austerity was a by-word for both policy making and how many people lived their lives. This book assesses in a thematic way the forces which shaped the decisions that political elites in Ireland took over the course of this crucial quarter century in modern Irish life. It examines the nature of electoral competition in modern Ireland by focusing on a number of key themes that shaped the decisions of Irish politicians. These include the nature of coalition politics in Ireland; the payments to politicians by developers and businessmen that led to a number of tribunals of inquiry; the culture wars over divorce and abortion; the process of the economic collapse to boom and back to collapse cycle that effected the lives of so many Irish people; and the collapse of Ireland’s natural party of government, Fianna Fáil. It analyses why Irish citizens have been comfortable in continuing to vote for traditional political elites despite the failures of the Irish state and explains why it has been so difficult for new parties to emerge.