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The 1967 Abortion Act fifty years on: Abortion, medical authority and the law revisited

Lee, Ellie J., Sheldon, Sally, Macvarish, Jan (2018) The 1967 Abortion Act fifty years on: Abortion, medical authority and the law revisited. Social Science and Medicine, 212 . pp. 26-32. ISSN 0277-9536. E-ISSN 0277-9536. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.07.010)

Abstract

The recent 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act provides the opportunity to

This paper does so using as its starting point a seminal commentary on this question

1973 as ‘The Medical Profession and the 1967 Abortion Act in Britain’. We revisit

doctors who, throughout lengthy careers, have provided abortions and led the

with Macintyre’s, and argue that our interviews highlight the shifting meaning of

involved in providing abortions place moral value on this work; uphold the authority

professional collaborators; and consider their professional and clinical judgement

by taking abortion provision as a focus for the further exploration of the shifting meaning of medical authority.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.07.010
Uncontrolled keywords: England and Wales, abortion, law, medical authority, Sally Macintyre
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Ellie Lee
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 08:35 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67574 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lee, Ellie J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8131-6872
Sheldon, Sally: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5472-9655
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