Monday, November 7, 2011

Fordham University Professor Jeanne Flavin "Legally Separate The Fetus From The Pregnant Woman"

Jeanne Flavin
I am a professor of sociology at Fordham, a Catholic university. I also am president of the board of directors for National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), a non-profit organization devoted to reproductive justice using strategies of national and community organizing, public education, and legal advocacy. 
I am equally proud of both affiliations. Teaching at a Catholic institution, I encounter many students who oppose abortion. Fordham is a university in the Jesuit tradition, and as such, emphasizes progressive ideals such as social justice, a preferential option for the poor, and respect for the dignity of the whole person, all of which are very much consistent with the values of NAPW. 
Working in these two settings, I have become acutely aware of the divisiveness of the rhetoric defining much of the abortion debate. The rhetoric obscures the reality that most women who have abortions are—or go on to become—mothers. Many people concerned about the health and well-being of pregnant women do not speak to one another, much less work together on shared concerns.
There is a lack of awareness that efforts to legally separate the fetus from the pregnant woman have consequences not only for women who seek to terminate a pregnancy,
but also for many women who continue their pregnancies to term. 
Link (here) to read the whole piece by Professor Jeanne Flavin at ASA Footnotes

Jeanne Flavin is an associate professor of Sociology at Fordham University. Her scholarship and advocacy mainly examines the impact of the criminal justice system on women. She is author of Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women's Reproduction in America (NYU 2009), co-author of Class, Race, Gender & Crime, 2nd ed. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) and co-editor of Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror (Rutgers, 2007) as well as many articles. She also is 2008-09 Fulbright Award recipient to study gender, family and crime in South Africa.

9 comments:

Estase said...

This illustrates why it is a waste of money to send your child to a Jesuit institution. You could get this sort of pro-abort blather much cheaper at any state university, plus you wouldn't suffer any illusions about this being the way the Church feels about abortion. www.quodestasedixit.blogspot.com

Andrew said...

Estase ... so true! That is why I regret my choice of having gone to a Jesuit university -- I could have gotten the exact same spiritual formation (in other words, very little) at the state school and left with a LOT less debt!

Leo said...

Estase and andrew - i guess you were not smart enough for a scholarship to a Jesuit University .
Ava Maria U would have been a better choice

Maria said...

Leo:
My. Spoken in the true Spirit of Ignatius. Shame on you.

Andrew said...

I received a scholarship that covered half of tuition -- but yes, I do agree with you that Ave Maria U would have been a better choice (even with no scholarship at all) :)

Bill in da Bronx said...

Ave Maria University was facilitated with the help of Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.

Anonymous said...

Ava Maria isn't really a "university"--it's more of an institute or seminary.

A university is where knowledge is learned, tested, and--sometimes--new knowledge is created. Ava Maria doesn't do all three of those things.

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