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Justice - Lecture 23

Lecture 23 - Justice at Life's Inception

- The Court majority says that "the right of privacy… is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy." What reasons are given in support of this conclusion?
- Does the state have a compelling interest in protecting human life from conception?
- Can men and woman be social equals in a society with restrictive regulations on terminating pregnancies?
- The majority opinion refers to a "wide divergence of thinking" on the question of when life begins. What sort of divergence do they have in mind? What is the relevance of this observation?

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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