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Author Müller, Wolfgang P., 1960- author.

Title The criminalization of abortion in the West : its origins in medieval law / Wolfgang P. Müller
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2012


Description 1 online resource (xi, 263 pages)
Contents The earliest proponents of criminalization -- Early venues of criminalization -- Chief agents of criminalization -- Principal arguments in favor of criminalization -- Objections to criminalization -- Abortion experts and expertise -- Abortion in the criminal courts of the ius commune -- Forms of punishments in the criminal courts of the ius commune -- The frequency of criminal prosecutions
Summary "Anyone who wants to understand how abortion has been treated historically in the western legal tradition must first come to terms with two quite different but interrelated historical trajectories. On one hand, there is the ancient Judeo-Christian condemnation of prenatal homicide as a wrong warranting retribution; on the other, there is the juristic definition of 'crime' in the modern sense of the word, which distinguished the term sharply from 'sin and 'tort' and was tied to the rise of Western jurisprudence. To find the act of abortion first identified as a crime in the West, one has to go back to the twelfth century, to the schools of ecclesiastical and Roman law in medieval Europe. In this book, Wolfgang P. Müller tells the story of how abortion came to be criminalized in the West. As he shows, criminalization as a distinct phenomenon and abortion as a self-standing criminal category developed in tandem with each other, first being formulated coherently in the twelfth century at schools of law and theology in Bologna and Paris. Over the ensuing centuries, medieval prosecutors struggled to widen the range of criminal cases involving women accused of ending their unwanted pregnancies. In the process, punishment for abortion went from the realm of carefully crafted rhetoric by ecclesiastical authorities to eventual implementation in practice by clerical and lay judges across Latin Christendom. Informed by legal history, moral theology, literature, and the history of medicine, Müller's book is written with the concerns of modern readers in mind, thus bridging the gap that might otherwise divide modern and medieval sensibilities"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Subject Abortion -- Law and legislation -- Europe, Western
Abortion -- Law and legislation -- History
Law, Medieval.
Abortion, Criminal -- history
Abortion, Induced -- legislation & jurisprudence
Legislation, Medical -- history
HISTORY -- Medieval.
LAW -- Criminal Law -- General.
Abortion -- Law and legislation
Law, Medieval
Law - Non-U.S.
Law, Politics & Government.
Law - Europe, except U.K.
Avortement -- Droit -- Europe -- Moyen âge.
Avortement -- Europe -- Moyen âge.
Aborter -- juridik och lagstiftning -- Västeuropa.
Western Europe
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011051733
ISBN 9780801464157