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 best indicator of how a party organization views an issue is its platform .
National party organizations develop and refine a major party platform with each
presidential election . Platforms attract electoral groups to the party , and studies
17 The 1990s : Republican Loyalty and Democratic Disunity The language of the
1992 Democratic platform marked a new energy within the pro - choice
community . Responding to Webster v . Reproductive Health Services ( 1989 )
at times promised explicitly through their platform to protect the abortion access of
low - income women . In the 1977 Hyde Amendment vote , 103 Democrats joined
98 Republicans in the House to pass the legislation . For their part , 21 ...
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