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right to decide whether and under what circum s tances they will bear children. Pro-choicers are of the opinion
that laws will not prevent wom en from having abortions and cite the horror s tories of the pas t when m any
wom en died at the hands of 'backroom ' abortionis ts and in des perate attem pts to s elfabort. They als o obs erve
that legalized abortion is es pecially im portant for rape victim s and inces t victim s who becam e pregnant. They
s tres s phys ical and m ental health reas ons why wom en s hould not have unwanted children.
To get a better unders tanding of the current abortion controvers y, let us exam ine a very im portant work by Kris tin
Luker titled Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood. Luker argues that fem ale pro-choice and pro-life activis ts
hold different world views regarding gender, s ex, and the m eaning of parenthood. Moral pos itions on abortions
are s een to be tied intim ately to views on s exual behaviour, the care of children, fam ily life, technology, and the
im portance of the individual. Luker identifies 'pro-choice' wom en as educated, affluent, and liberal. Thei...
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