A century of remodelling: the law of abortion in review

Crowley-Cyr, Lynda (2000) A century of remodelling: the law of abortion in review. Journal of Law and Medicine, 7 (3). pp. 252-266.

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Despite its extensive history and pervasive nature, the practice of abortion remains controversial. While most Western societies regard the taking of an innocent life as "wrong", there is great divergence of opinion as to what constitutes a life. Matters become complicated when one notes that a particular definition of "life" may depend on whether the inquiry is undertaken for church, state, legal or medical discussion. Such concern falls beyond the perimeter of this article. The article reviews the history of, and contemporary issues association with, the regulation of abortion in Australia, and makes brief comparison between common law jurisdictions, particularly Canada and the United States. It also focuses on recent debate about late-term abortions in the United States and the constraints that provincial governments may place on access to abortion in Canada. Finally, it considers some of the "newer" influences being brought to bear on the issue of abortion, such as human rights and public health, and whether they may be of relevance to Australia as it struggles to assume a contemporary position on abortion.

Item ID: 12920
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1320-159X
Keywords: abortion
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 04:03
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 51%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified @ 49%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 49%
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