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Improvement of Capability to the Self-Determination of Disabled Women in Abortion

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2018, 21(4), pp.5-19
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2018.21.4.5
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : November 15, 2018
  • Accepted : December 4, 2018
  • Published : December 31, 2018

KIM MOONJEONG ORD ID 1 Shim Jiwon 2

1동아대학교
2중앙대학교 인문콘텐츠연구소

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ABSTRACT

Women have been entrusted with responsibility for pregnancy, childbirth, and nurturing by means of socially imposed ‘maternity’ along with their physical characteristics. Abortion too involves the bodies of women, and women are the ones most affected by it. However, women do not yet have the right of self-de-termination over their bodies. In the “pro-choice versus pro-life” abortion debate in South Korea, women’s self-determination is often treated with less significance than the alleged “respect for life.” Moreover, as Korea’s declining fertility rate has become a serious social problem, women’s perspectives on the issue of abortion have been sidelined. Yet even in this context, there is a double standard between the treatment of disabled and able-bodied women. The purpose of this study is to examine the issue of self-determination, especially for women with disabilities, from the perspective of a capability approach. The following three recommendations are proposed: (a) that the various contextual variables of disabled women are included in the concept of self-determination; (b) that a solid relationship between individuals and communities is established in order to ensure the realization of the right of self-determination for disabled women; and (c) that the discourse of “reproduction rights” (i.e. comprehensive rights of women with disabilities) be expanded.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.