Safe, Legal, and Unavailable? Abortion Politics in the United States
SAGE Publications, 2007 - 235 páginas
The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. Yet while the medical procedure is legal—and safe—many women across the country do not have the ability to exercise this reproductive right. Melody Rose examines abortion as a social regulatory policy, thoughtfully and thoroughly chronicling the erosion of abortion rights and availability since Roe. Paying respect to all views of this controversial topic in her engaging new book, Rose explores the success of the right-to-life movement in accumulating local and national policies that restrict access to abortion while enhancing fetal protections. In addition to a basic and brief primer on the practice and history of abortion, Rose considers the roles played by the courts, political parties, and interest groups in constructing barriers to abortion. With an examination of public opinion poll data and a look at both state and national statutory prohibitions on abortion, Rose also shows how powerful language wars have resulted in material policy alterations. Chapter-opening vignettes and vivid storytelling make this brief and topical supplement a good read that is sure to get your students thinking critically about this highly charged topic. As well, the author has augmented chapters with further reading suggestions and provocative discussion questions that invite insightful discussion and analysis.
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The framing of “ choice " in Roe essentially had created a privilege , but not an
obligation by government , to ensure access to abortion services to all women .
The rulings denied that an absence of state action , in this case an absence of
And as the most recent cases indicate , while the Court seems intent on
upholding women ' s health as a basic premise of abortion policy , the other
branches of government are pushing the envelope . The future of the health
standard , created ...
The couples who created them simply are uncomfortable donating them to
strangers , whose children they might someday become . 40 In any case , the use
of federal dollars to support adoption over research indicates a view that the
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