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A New Feminist Argument Against Abortion

Shouldn't women who believe it's wrong to abort a girl just because she's a girl also believe it's wrong to abort a baby just because she might have a disability? One self-described feminist author argues yes.

A New Feminist Argument Against Abortion
Barbara Vorsamer

MUNICH — There's common agreement within the feminist movement that women should have the right to abortion. Which is why German author Kirsten Achtelik, who considers herself a feminist, has sparked controversy with a new book entitled "Selbstbestimmte Norm. Feminismus, Pränataldiagnostik, Abtreibung" (Self-Determined Standard: Feminism, Prenatal Diagnosis, Abortion) that denounces diagnostic prenatal testing, claiming it can lead to selective abortion. She doesn't pit disability rights against women's rights, but instead demands more self-determination for all.

SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG: You consider yourself a feminist, but you view abortion critically. Can you explain?

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Is Soft Power Dead?

With an activist Supreme Court creating a gap between democratic rhetoric and reality in the U.S., and Russia and China eager to flex military muscle, the full-force return to hard power looks bound for dominance.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — Russia's war in Ukraine rages on, tensions are erupting in the South China Sea and now abortion rights are being stripped away in the U.S.: Looking around the world, we have to ask: what is left of the notion of soft power?

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How can we talk about the power to convince when the power to coerce is increasingly the norm? And when there is such a gap between rhetoric and reality in the U.S. and in Russia and China, hard power almost seems to have become part of soft power?

“We will lead the world not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example,” Joe Biden said the day after his election. But what kind of example was he talking about? That of the Supreme Court’s judges, whose decision promises a terrible future to women and to all those who still wanted to believe in an enlightened and liberal America?

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