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Freedom and destiny: How new technologies are influencing ethics and policy of abortion

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Giulia Cavaliere, John Harris

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy
Accepted/In press2 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbook

King's Authors


In this paper, we situate abortion in historical and contemporary struggles concerning women’s rights and responsibilities. We present a recent case in which the right to have an abortion was at the centre of the ethical and legislative debate in order to address questions regarding reproductive freedom, the role of the state and of healthcare professionals. We conclude that new technologies (such as abortion drugs) might affect and facilitate access to terminations in countries where the right to abortion is either not recognised or severely constrained.

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