The Doctor's Dilemma: Paternalisms in the Medicolegal History of Assisted Reproduction and Abortion
Posted: 26 Aug 2015
Date Written: 2015
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
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