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The English law on abortion is examined through four lenses manufactured by the principle of dignity. Those lenses are embodiment, relationality, story and a transactional, rather than an atomistic, approach to the ascertaining of the relevant interests. It is contended that this approach gives more nuanced, humane, intellectually satisfactory and pastorally satisfactory answers than those generated by the existing law. It is further argued that only this dignity-based approach is compatible with that mandated by Article 8 of the ECHR.

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Journal article


New Bioeth

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162 - 184


ECHR Article 8, abortion, autonomy, dignity, Abortion, Induced, England, Female, Humans, Personhood, Pregnancy