BEYOND ABORTION: THE LOOMING BATTLE OVER DEATH IN THE ‘CULTURE WARS’
Article first published online: 11 APR 2008
© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Volume 22, Issue 7, pages 379–387, September 2008
How to Cite
EVANS, J. (2008), BEYOND ABORTION: THE LOOMING BATTLE OVER DEATH IN THE ‘CULTURE WARS’. Bioethics, 22: 379–387. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00649.x
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2008
- culture wars
By concentrating on abortion, the culture wars have avoided facing a crisis about the end of life. This paper explores four themes: (1) the technological transformation of birth and death into matters of decision, not matters of fact; (2) abortion as the nexus of Eros (sex) with Thanatos (death); (3) the real crisis, conveniently masked by our obsession with sex, looming at the end of life, not at its beginning; (4) the surplus-repression that protects us from assuming responsibility for choosing between life and death.