Choice and conscience: Lessons from South Africa for a global debate
by Satang Nabaneh
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About the publication
Choice and Conscience … stands as a significant and valuable addition to the ongoing global scholarship on this critical issue. It underscores the vital concept that intersectionality should occupy a central place in our examination of how various local contexts give rise to layered forms of privilege and disadvantage.
… Nabaneh’s study of “law in action” zeros in on South African nurses--gatekeepers who often object to the practice for reasons of “conscience.” Her interviews of these nurses and her analysis complicate our understanding of challenges to abortion access, providing lessons applicable not only to South Africa and other African countries, but everywhere where there is a gap between formal law and its application.
Mindy Jane Roseman, JD, PhD, Yale Law School
Written from an African feminist perspective, this book offers fresh insights into our understanding of the intersection between politics, mobilisation of discretionary power and the exercise of conscientious objection to abortion by mid-level providers.
Charles Ngwena, Professor of Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
This book offers powerful insights about how informal and background norms in health systems function constrain or enable reproductive justice. Focusing on conscientious objection to abortion by nurses (including midwives) in South Africa, Nabaneh sketches the importance of a feminist analysis that is situated in Africans’ lived realities.
Alicia Ely Yamin, Harvard University
Table of Contents
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PART I: CONSCIENCE CLAIMS: LAWS AND POLICY
Introducing Choice and conscience: Lessons from South Africa for a global debate
Chapter 1: An African feminist exploration of conscientious objection to abortion
Chapter 2: Conscientious objection in the African context
Chapter 3: Liberal abortion law in practice: The South African example
PART II: NURSES AS SHAPESHIFTERS: STORIES, AGENCY, AND TESTIMONIES
PART III: CHARTING A LEGAL PATH FORWARD: STRATEGIES FOR CHANGE