Cornelia Pillard: Abortion is Key to Prevent 'Conscription' Into Motherhood

Cornelia Pillard: Left Wing Radical

Legal Thinking Must Shift To ‘Global Orientation,’ Abortion Key To Prevent ‘Conscription’ Into Motherhood


 ‘For Progressives … The Rights Tradition Of The U.S. Constitution Has Just About Run Out’ 

PILLARD: “A rights-based approach has normative and strategic benefits for progressive legal change. … Aleinikoff asserts that ‘for progressives,… the rights tradition of the U.S. Constitution has just about run out’ but he sees promise in international human rights as a potential source of social rights in the United States.” (“The Human Right To Sex Equality At The Work-Family Fault Line,” Les Droits De L’Homme Au Centre—Human Rights Recentered, P.359, 2006)

 PILLARD: Legal Thinking Needs To Shift ‘To A More Broadly Transnational, Even Global, Orientation’

 PILLARD: “…we need to make some shifts from nation- or region-centric to a more broadly transnational, even global, orientation.” (Introduction To Center For Transnational Legal Studies Symposium, “Why Transnational Legal Education?” P.5, 2011)

 ·         “We all… need to appreciate the diversity of systems and sensibilities around the world, and we stand to benefit enormously from thinking comparatively, internationally and transnationally.” (Introduction To Center For Transnational Legal Studies Symposium, “Why Transnational Legal Education?” P.6, 2011)

 ·         “…the need for governments to collaborate to regulate increasingly mobile people, money and goods all point toward legal transnationalism.” (Introduction To Center For Transnational Legal Studies Symposium, “Why Transnational Legal Education?” P.5, 2011)

 ·         “I did not come to transnational legal education already an internationalist. That is, however, part of what makes me an advocate for transnational legal education. … I was steeped in my own legal system in a world that now requires more.” (Introduction To Center For Transnational Legal Studies Symposium, “Why Transnational Legal Education?” P.4, 2011)

 ·         Such thinking keeps us “…from succumbing to the temptation to see our respective systems—at the level of legal education, or of national law—as somehow natural, neutral or inevitable.” (Introduction to Center for Transnational Legal Studies symposium, “Why Transnational Legal Education?” P.3, 2011)

 Abortion Plays ‘A Central Role In Freeing Women From … Conscription Into Maternity’

 PILLARD: “Reproductive rights, including the rights to … abortion, play a central role in freeing women from historically routine conscription into maternity.” (Cornelia Pillard, “Our Other Reproductive Choices,” Georgetown University Law Center, P.945, 2007)

 ·         “Antiabortion laws and other restraints on reproductive freedom not only enforce women’s incubation of unwanted pregnancies…”(Cornelia Pillard, “Our Other Reproductive Choices,” Georgetown University Law Center, P.946, 2007) 

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