Reproductive Laws for the 1990s by Sherrill Cohen Ph.D., Nadine Taub L.L.B. (auth.), Sherrill

By Sherrill Cohen Ph.D., Nadine Taub L.L.B. (auth.), Sherrill Cohen Ph.D., Nadine Taub L.L.B. (eds.)

The undertaking on Reproductive legislation for the Nineties all started in 1985 with the conclusion that studies of medical advancements and new applied sciences have been stimulating debates and discussions between bioethicists and policymakers, and that ladies had little half in these discussions both as individuals or as a gaggle with pursuits to be thought of. With assistance from a making plans supply from the Rutgers college Institute for examine on girls, the Women's Rights Litigation medical institution at Rutgers collage legislation School-Newark held a making plans assembly that June attended by means of nearly 20 theorists and activists within the quarter of reproductive rights. venture reasons, equipment, and normal form took shape on the assembly. targets have characterised the Project's paintings because then: first, to generate dialogue, debate, and, the place attainable, consensus between these dedicated to reproductive autonomy and gender equality as to how most sensible to answer the questions raised via re­ ported advances in reproductive and neonatal know-how and new modes of copy; and moment, to make sure that these shaping reproductive legislations and coverage relish the ramifications of those advancements for gender equality. In assembly this twofold time table, the venture fascinated with six parts: closing dates on abortion; prenatal screening; fetus as sufferer; reproductive risks within the office; interference with reproductive selection; and replacement modes of copy. The venture pointed out members to take respon­ sibility for drafting version laws and place papers within the six components (for the drafters, see the Appendix).

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2o The availability of abortion services also varies considerably by state. 21 Because abortion facilities are concentrated in metropolitan areas, access to abortion services is particularly difficult for rural women. In 1984, 79 percent of all nonmetropolitan women lived in counties that had no abortion facilities. 22 Although geographic access may not pose a significant problem for women of color from northern states who are concentrated in inner cities, it is a concern for women of color in southern states.

22 Although geographic access may not pose a significant problem for women of color from northern states who are concentrated in inner cities, it is a concern for women of color in southern states. Not only are Native American women who live on reservations denied federal funding for abortions, but no Indian Health Service clinics or hospitals may perform abortions even when payment for Reproductive Laws. Women of Color. 23 The Indian Health Service may be the only health care provider within hundreds of miles of the reservation, and as a result the impact of the regulations can be quite severe.

37 The problem of obtaining an abortion after the 20th week is even more acute. Because such a limited number of providers perform this procedure, locating a facility, scheduling the procedure, and traveling can all impose serious burdens on poor women. 38 Reproductive Laws. Women of Color. and Low-Income Women 29 The question of abortions very late in pregnancy pits the well-being of the pregnant woman and other people against that of the unborn fetus. Although there is no consensus among poor women and women of color that the woman's interests are paramount, there is widespread appreciation of the circumstances that bring women to late abortions and a general sense that the state must not make the decision for the woman.

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