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Red Families v. Blue FamiliesLegal Polarization and the Creation of Culture$
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Naomi Cahn and June Carbone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199836819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199836819.001.0001

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Abortion, Law, and the Cognitive Map

Abortion, Law, and the Cognitive Map

(p.92) Chapter 6 Abortion, Law, and the Cognitive Map
Red Families v. Blue Families

Naomi Cahn

June Carbone

Oxford University Press

While contraception is the vital aspect of the blue family model, abortion is the unfortunate yet essential backup. This is in contrast with the red family model wherein the issue of abortion paved the way for the reinforcement of traditional values. The status of abortion as a symbol of cultural dispute stemmed from the inclusion of religious teachings opposing the transformation of family morals, making it difficult to determine the political and legal grounds of abortion. This chapter looks at the abortion debate as likely a division between the absolutist and contextualist views in relation to the red-blue dichotomy, as well as its relevance in deciding about political preferences. It also discusses the issue of parental involvement in decisions regarding teen abortion as it is an important element in the distinction between the family paradigms and the regulation of abortion rights.

Keywords:   abortion, blue family model, red family model, cultural disputes, traditional values, moral absolutism, moral contextualism, abortion rights

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