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Law and Prevention of Abortion in Europe

Category: Sallux publications
Subtitle: By Grégor Puppinck.

This book is a study on abortion through different, sometimes new aspects, and aims at giving the conceptual and legal bases to a policy of prevention of abortion. It is not a book of appeal which would oppose, once more, a right to abortion of the mother to a right to life of the child. Freedom and dignity are often but words, if not slogans, wrapping up and hiding human realities without fully understanding them. This book wants be realistic and aims at giving the basis of legal developments on an in-depth factual study of causes and consequences of abortion, written in the light of numerous recent scientific researches. These causes and consequences incite to consider abortion not as an abstract freedom but much more as a social and public health problem, requiring a prevention policy. Such a policy was in fact what Simone Veil wanted when she refused any right to abortion and wanted only to tolerate it as the last solution, then a lesser evil. It is also and still how international and European laws consider it, both of them off ering a strong legal support to a prevention policy, and even to a right not to abort . Against Mrs. Veils declared intention, abortion slowly became not only tolerated but a freedom. This change of perspective had deep implications for the whole society and disrupted the legal order further than on the question of birth regulation and the question of the situation of women, this change also aff ects other rights and principles, such as the prohibition of sexual and genetic discriminations, the rights to life, to freedom of conscience, and also to freedom of speech and manifestation. All these aspects are chapters of this book. Authors: Petra CADOR, Christophe FOLTZENLOGEL Claire de LA HOUGUE Jean-Marie LE MENE Cherline LOUISSAINT Assuntina MORESSI Caroline ROUX Jean-Pierre SCHOUPPE Olaf SZCZYPINSKI Karina WALINOWICZ Directed by Grégor PUPPINCK

Grégor Puppinck
Grégor Puppinck, PhD, is Director General of the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ). He is also a Member of the OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief and an Expert to the Council of Europe. He takes part in the Committee of Experts on the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights. From 2003 to 2008, he has taught human rights, European law, and constitutional law at the Law School of the University of Haute-Alsace, France. Grégor Puppinck holds his PhD with a dissertation in legal theory. He graduated from Paris II Law School and from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales. He is the author of numerous books and legal articles. His most recent book is Conscientious Objection and Human Rights, A Systematic Analysis (Brill, 2017). He has been made Cavaliere della Repubblica by the Italian Government for its services in the Lautsi v Italy case and Knight Commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He received the award of "Humanisme Chrétien" in 2016 for the book "La famille, les droits de l'homme et la vie éternelle" and the Anton Neuwirth award in 2014.