Background Average annual fertility rates in industrialised countries have been below two children per woman for the past 3 decades. The reasons behind women’s childbearing behaviour are complex. However, a lack of awareness regarding the consequences of delayed childbearing and the inability of reproductive technologies to overcome the ‘biological
In the many countries which have some form of regulation of ART, a public consultation of some sort is a frequent feature of either the process leading up to regulation or of the regulatory mechanism itself. Not surprisingly, widely divergent views on the moral and political acceptability of ART are
This paper discusses the rise and use of a ‘woman-centred’ anti-choice strategy to oppose abortion in Australia and the USA. It argues that this strategy seeks to imitate and exploit aspects of the pro-choice, women-centred position on abortion. The strategy contends that women do not really choose abortion but are
Published 2008 in Women’s Studies International Forum 31: 249–256. Publication historyWho's the father? Rethinking the moral 'crime' of 'paternity fraud' Women's Studies International Forum Who's the father? Living Ethics http://www.ethics.org.au/about-ethics/ethics-centre-articles/living-ethics-newsletter/previous-issues/issue-74.html
In this chapter, written with Cait Calcutt (p. 41–70), Leslie analyses, and seeks to draw lessons for contemporary Australian pro-choice activists, of significant legislative changes to abortion laws in Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 1998. The chapter is part of a larger collection undertaken in
A recent newspaper report pitted McDonald’s and Birrell’s explanations for Australia’s below-replacement fertility against each other. In this article, Cannold presents data from qualitative research into the experience and understandings of 35 childless women aged 28 to 42. Childless women were best understood as those who were
Leslie’s chapter on male circumcision appears in Cutting to the Core: Exploring the Ethics of Contested Surgeryby Rowman & Littlefield. Edited by David Benatar, the collection looks at ethical issues arising from male circumcision, female genital alteration, sex assignment and reassignment surgery, the separation of conjoined twins, limb and
The Extended Australian Report of the “The Johannesburg Initiative”Full Report Australia, the Johannesburg Initiative, Unpublished November 2000A condensed version of this report was published in (2001) “The Australian Pro-Choice Movement and the Struggle for Legal Clarity, Liberal Laws and Liberal Access: Two case studies in B. Klugman and D.