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Publication date: 27 March 2006

Nicolette M. Priaulx

Can one describe the ‘natural’ process of pregnancy as ‘harm’, even when negligently brought about? What does that harm consist of? Offering a contextual analysis of the…

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Can one describe the ‘natural’ process of pregnancy as ‘harm’, even when negligently brought about? What does that harm consist of? Offering a contextual analysis of the English judiciary's characterisation of wrongful pregnancy, this paper demonstrates from a feminist perspective that the current construction of pregnancy as a ‘personal injury’ is deeply problematic. Forwarding an alternative account, this paper argues for law to embrace a richer notion of autonomy that will better resonate with women's diverse experiences of reproduction, and articulate the importance of autonomy in the reproductive domain: notably, women gaining control over their moral, relational and social lives.

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Studies in Law, Politics and Society
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ISBN: 978-1-84950-387-7

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Publication date: 27 March 2006

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Studies in Law, Politics and Society
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ISBN: 978-1-84950-387-7

Book part
Publication date: 27 March 2006

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Studies in Law, Politics and Society
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-84950-387-7

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