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Women’s Human Rights and Migration: Sex-Selective Abortion Laws in the United States and India, written by Sital Kalantry

In: Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law
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  • 1 Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Law School Global Advisor, UN SDG Fund rdesilva@law.upenn.edu
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(UPenn Press 2017)

Images such as the veiled women, the powerful mother, the chaste virgin, the obedient wife, and so on … exist in universal, ahistorical splendor, setting in motion a colonialist discourse that exercises a very specific power in defining, coding, and maintaining existing First/Third World connections.1

Sital Kalantry’s Women’s Human Rights and Migration: Sex Selective Abortion Laws in the United States and India addresses a long-existing gap in feminist theory at the intersection of a migrant woman’s experience and culturally motivated reproductive decisions. By recognising the possibility that ‘practices that are oppressive to

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