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Abortion Law in Francophone Countries

Abortion Law in Francophone Countries BARTHA MARIA KNOPPERS, ISABEL BRAULT AND ELIZABETH SLOSS INTRODUCTION Th e law relating to abortion has historically unfolded amid much controversy. Diverse social and moral attitudes towards the termination of pregnancy must be distilled by politicians before they enact legislation on behalf of the society they represent. In th e unique situation of pregnancy, respect for huma n life necessarily in­ cludes both th e life and healt h of th e woma n and tha t of th e unborn. This respect for huma n life forms th e basic parameters within which th e formalization of attitudes to termination of pregnancy must be shaped. The interest s of each is not always the same as tha t of th e other. A multitude of conflicting factors make legislating in this area supremely complex. Religious, sociological and scientific factors to­ gether influence both the process of sanctioning or restricting abor­ tion as well as th e actual form of th e legislative texts. Despite th e fundamental importance of healt h and life, conflicts arise as to how best to manage these interests in th e contex t of pregnancy and fam­ ily planning. Paradoxically, in certain countries http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Comparative Law Oxford University Press

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Oxford University Press
Copyright
© 1990 by The American Association for the Comparative Study of Law, Inc.
ISSN
0002-919X
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2326-9197
DOI
10.2307/840616
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Abstract

BARTHA MARIA KNOPPERS, ISABEL BRAULT AND ELIZABETH SLOSS INTRODUCTION Th e law relating to abortion has historically unfolded amid much controversy. Diverse social and moral attitudes towards the termination of pregnancy must be distilled by politicians before they enact legislation on behalf of the society they represent. In th e unique situation of pregnancy, respect for huma n life necessarily in­ cludes both th e life and healt h of th e woma n and tha t of th e unborn. This respect for huma n life forms th e basic parameters within which th e formalization of attitudes to termination of pregnancy must be shaped. The interest s of each is not always the same as tha t of th e other. A multitude of conflicting factors make legislating in this area supremely complex. Religious, sociological and scientific factors to­ gether influence both the process of sanctioning or restricting abor­ tion as well as th e actual form of th e legislative texts. Despite th e fundamental importance of healt h and life, conflicts arise as to how best to manage these interests in th e contex t of pregnancy and fam­ ily planning. Paradoxically, in certain countries

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American Journal of Comparative LawOxford University Press

Published: Oct 1, 1990

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