The regulatory cliff edge between contraception and abortion: the legal and moral significance of implantation

Sheldon, Sally (2015) The regulatory cliff edge between contraception and abortion: the legal and moral significance of implantation. Journal of Medical Ethics, . ISSN 0306-6800. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2015-102712) (Full text available)

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Abstract

In regulating the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, English law has accorded particular significance to two biological events. First, ‘viability’, the moment when a fetus is said to acquire the capacity for independent life, plays an important role in grounding restrictions on access to legal abortion later in pregnancy. Second, equally significantly but far less frequently discussed, ‘implantation’ marks the point in pregnancy from which abortion laws apply. This paper focuses on this earlier biological event. It suggests that an unquestioning reliance on implantation as marking an appropriate moment of transition between two radically different legal frameworks is deeply problematic and is rendered still less sustainable in the light of the development of new technologies that potentially operate shortly after the moment of implantation.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Article is open access. Full text compliant.
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Saines
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 16:57 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 15:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51585 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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