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The Debate over Reproductive Rights in Germany and Slovakia: Religious and Secular Voices, a Blurred Political Spectrum and Many Inconsistencies

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Petrjánošová, Magda; Moulin-Doos, Claire; Plichtová, Jana

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Abstract In this paper we analyse the legislation and arguments concerning bioethics and reproductive rights (on the examples of abortion and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis – PGD), as well as the power of different actors’ voices in Slovakia and Germany. Our comparative analysis revealed a paradox: In the abortion case study we found a restrictive principle with a pragmatic/liberal application in Germany, and a liberal law with a restrictive application in Slovakia. In the PGD case study we found a liberal approach and dominating critical religious voices in Slovakia; and a restrictive approach and dominating critical secular voices in Germany.
Keywords religion
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Law
Free Keywords reproductive rights; abortion; pre-implantation genetic diagnosis; bioethics
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 61-78
Journal Politics in Central Europe, 4 (2008) 2
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications