Conceiving Life (Law, Justice and Power Series) by Patrick Hanafin

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By Patrick Hanafin

This quantity examines the evolution of reproductive legislation in Italy from the 'far west' of the Nineteen Eighties and 90s via to at least one of the main in all likelihood restrictive structures in Europe. The ebook employs an array of sociological, philosophical and criminal fabric in an effort to realize why any such repressive piece of laws has been produced on the finish of a interval of considerable switch within the dynamic of gender kin in Italy. The booklet additionally discusses Italian coverage in the wider ecu coverage framework.

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203. 35 See further Chiara Valentini, La fecondazione proibita (Milan, 2004), pp. 125–126 . 36 See further Paolo Griseri, ‘Stop alla pillola abortiva, è scontro’, La Repubblica, 22 Settembre (2005): 10. 37 The law on paper guarantees abortion but cultural resistance from medical and paramedical workers means that in practice abortion is not necessarily easily obtained. This description provided by a Milanese gynaecologist sums up the reality on the ground as regards access to public abortions in Italy today: Women who want to terminate their pregnancy have to queue up like at a meat counter with numbered tickets.

See further Pocar and Ronfani La famiglia e il diritto, pp. 49–111. See also Thomas Glyn Watkin, The Italian Legal Tradition (Aldershot, 1997), chapter 11. 34 The persistence of patriarchy is evident despite the cultural and legal changes in relation to women’s position in society since the 1960s. Despite a diversity of family models, the cultural attachment to the notion of the heteropatriarchal family unit remains strong in many quarters. This has been given greater emphasis since the break up of the Italian party system in the 1990s.

41. I giudici del dopguerra trovavano il modello familiare delineato dal codice civile del 1942 come coerente col loro patrimonio culturale e ideale, che … rifletteva la prevalente provenienza piccolo-borghese e meridionale e uno stile di vita per la maggioranza ciroscritto a lavoro e famiglia … peraltro, gli orientamenti dei giudici e la loro posizione di resistenza al mutamento ben s’inserivano negli orientamenti della cultura giuridica e politica dominante in quegli anni. 26 Pier Paolo Pasolini, ‘Il vuoto del potere in Italia’, in Pier Paolo Pasolini, Scritti corsari (Milan, 2002), pp.

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