Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

James Mahon


This thesis will present an argument for not restricting abortion. I will argue, based on Simone de Beauvoir’s views on women’s freedom and abortion, that it is important for women to receive safe and legal abortions if they wish to do so. I will then discuss Supreme Court rulings, such as Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and show how Beauvoir would defend the court’s rulings for not placing restrictions on abortion. And finally, I am going to apply her views to the recent state attempts to restrict access to safe abortions. My ultimate conclusion is that laws that go against abortion are part of a larger system that has been constructed by society to oppress women. I will end with a few thoughts on the way forward and what meaningful change for women can look like today. We need to address the social and economic inequalities that women face and that continue to be the basis for women’s oppression.



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