Tensions in the Regulation of Abortion in Britain

Lee, Ellie J. (2003) Tensions in the Regulation of Abortion in Britain. Journal of Law and Society, 30 (4). pp. 532-553. ISSN 0263-323X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article discusses policy and practice in abortion provision, paying particular attention to the provision of counselling before abortion. It discusses the way the Abortion Act 1967 constructs the woman seeking abortion, the reasons for the development of a policy about abortion counselling in the 1970s, and that policy's relationship to the assumptions about women underlying the statute. The ways in which policy has developed since 1977 are considered, and how policy and practice have come to view women seeking abortion in a way that contrasts with the construction of them that emerges from the law. Thus, the article argues, given that the 1967 Act and other rules that regulate abortion provision seem to rest on contradictory assumptions, the law should be reformed in line with policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Ellie Lee
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2010 16:28
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 12:55
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25237 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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