This book brings together academics, legal practitioners and activists with a wide range of pro-choice, pro-life and other views to explore the possibilities for cultural, philosophical, moral and political common ground on the subjects of abortion and reproductive justice more generally. It aims to rethink polarized positions on sexuality, morality, religion and law, in relation to abortion, as a way of laying the groundwork for productive and collaborative dialogue. Edited by a leading figure on gender issues and emerging voices in the quest for reproductive justice - a broad concept that encompasses the interests of men, women and children alike - the contributions both search for 'common ground' between opposing positions in our struggles around abortion, and seek to bring balance to these contentious debates. The book will be valuable to anyone interested in law and society, gender and religious studies and philosophy and theory of law.
’Introduced by Robin West’s brilliant articulation of the limits of a rights-based strategy for assuring reproductive justice for women, this powerful collection of essays by women with differing views on the pro-choice/pro-life spectrum will deepen the national dialogue on how to actually bring about full sexual and economic equality for women while reducing unwanted pregnancy and abortion. Taken together, these essays model a path out of the superficiality of the culture war� on this subject and towards a new, engaged political culture of care, respect, and compromise that will improve the lives of women and deepen the moral thoughtfulness of our entire society.’ Peter Gabel, Editor-at-Large of Tikkun magazine, co-founder of the Critical Legal Studies Movement, and author of Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture