Legal Studies and Business Ethics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2005

Publication Source

Yale Journal of Law and Feminism

Volume

17

Issue

2

Start Page

327

Last Page

383

Abstract

When the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA) was signed into law on April 1, 2004,1 the federal government dishonored nothing less pedigreed than its founding philosophy. The UVVA criminalizes harm to the fetus and sanctions such harm with the punishment that would have befallen the accused had the women carrying the fetus been the one to sustain the injuries instead.2 This Article argues that recent efforts at fetal protection, like the UVVA, defy and defile liberalism, the political theory underpinning this nation's constitution,3 and thereby conduce to the subordination of women. 4

Copyright/Permission Statement

Originally published in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminisim © 2005 Yale Law School. Reproduced with permission.

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Date Posted: 25 October 2018