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Carhart, Constitutional Rights, and the Psychology of Regret

dc.contributor.authorGuthrie, Chris
dc.identifier.citation81 S. Cal. L. Rev. 877 (2007-2008)en_US
dc.description.abstractIn "Gonzales v. Carhart", the Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. In so doing, the Court used the prospect of regret to justify limiting choice. Relying on empirical evidence documenting the four ways in which regret actually operates, this Article argues that the Court's analysis reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the psychology of regret. By exposing the Court's misunderstanding of this emotion, this article seeks to minimize the most significant risk posed by the Carhart decision: that states will use the prospect of regret to justify additional constraints not only on the abortion right but also on other rights protected by the Constitution.en_US
dc.format.extent1 document (29 pages)en_US
dc.publisherSouthern California Law Reviewen_US
dc.subjectGonzales v. Carharten_US
dc.subject.lcshAbortion -- Law and legislation -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshAbortion -- Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.titleCarhart, Constitutional Rights, and the Psychology of Regreten_US

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