The Doctor's Dilemma: Paternalisms in the Medicolegal History of Assisted Reproduction and Abortion

Posted: 26 Aug 2015

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Kara W. Swanson

Northeastern University - School of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This article analyzes the comparative history of the law and practice of abortion and assisted reproduction in the United States to consider the interplay between medical paternalism and legal paternalism. It supplements existing critiques of paternalism as harmful to women’s equality with the medical perspective, as revealed through the writings of Alan F. Guttmacher, to consider when legal regulation might be warranted.

Keywords: Abortion, Assisted Reproduction

Suggested Citation

Swanson, Kara W., The Doctor's Dilemma: Paternalisms in the Medicolegal History of Assisted Reproduction and Abortion (2015). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 312-325 (2015), Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 238-2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2638366

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