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Feminism, Abortion and Disability: irreconcilable differences?

Sharp, Keith and Earle, Sarah (2002). Feminism, Abortion and Disability: irreconcilable differences? Disability and Society, 17(2) pp. 137–145.

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There has been considerable discussion of the political allegiance between the feminist and disability movements, but the question of abortion remains a thorny one. Disability rights advocates have been keen to demonstrate that it is possible to believe in a woman's right to sovereignty over the body and, yet, be opposed to the selective abortion of an impaired foetus – describing the latter as a form of 'weak' eugenics.

The aim of this paper is to show that whilst there may be some points of agreement between the feminist and disability movements on the question of abortion, there exist fundamental and irreconcilable differences.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1360-0508
Keywords: Disability; abortion; feminism; women's health; reproductive rights; sociology
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Health and Social Care
Item ID: 12756
Depositing User: Sarah Earle
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2008 04:44
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 04:36
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