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Working Paper

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Forced, Labor, Revisited, Thirteenth Amendment, Abortion

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Constitutional Law | Labor and Employment Law | Law


Many recent works on the Thirteenth Amendment break new ground, deploying the amendment in new and creative ways. This is not one of them. I here restate an argument I made twenty years ago, defending abortion rights on the basis of the amendment. I then consider how the work was received, offer some amendments to the argument, and conclude with some reflections on how, perhaps, it can have more influence in the future.