WDW387H1: LEGAL REUGLATION JAN 18
•We will discuss the saga about laws.
•Why is abortion so controversial?
•Why is it such a huge issue?? The issue of abortion raises the
fundamental question the course is concerned with –do people own
•If so, do bodies have a price?
•What about sperm and blood?
•Sperm and blood are not commodities
•Do women own their own bodies?
•Bodies are commodities sometimes –e.g. if you wear the uniform of tim
hortons, you sold your body to tim hortons.
•Sometimes, men can sell bodies, but women cannot.
•If women are not pregnant, then our body is similar to men. If you are
pregnant, in may situations, the legal status if your body is different.
Since only women is pregnant, than clearly a gender difference.
•If pregnancy is not wholly in the women’s condition, who has the
property or other interest in the pregnancy??
•Abortion is an interesting phenomenon, socially it is very similar to one
place to another, women has always obtained them from one condition
to another, the number of abortions per capita does not differ from a
huge amount, either no birth control or abortion is very readily
available. Abortion experiences are not too different from one place to
•Even though socially, there is a lot of similarities, yet the law about
abortion is strikingly different from one place to another.
•In Scandinavian, harder to get an abortion.
•Countries in Ireland forbid abortion.
•Being raped –in Ireland is not grounds for having an abortion in
•Abortion is such an outlier.
•In China- women are often pressured to have an abortion, they didn’t
an official state permission to have a second child. –they won’t force
you to have an abortion but heavy financial burden if you have another
•The international reproductive rights movement: it is a movement in
China that women should be able to have kids; women making their
own choices, it is not really in favour of abortion or no abortion. It is
about reproductive freedom.