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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Chapter 1 demonstrates that many Americans find themselves somewhere in
between these two extreme positions . ... and language most often wielded by pro
- life advocates are vivid and emotional , as subsequent chapters demonstrate .
That status is demonstrated in early Supreme Court abortion rulings . However ,
historical deference to male physicians never guaranteed women ' s access to
abortion . On the contrary , as the 1920s and 1930s demonstrate , physicians
45 A state wishing to impose abortion restrictions must now simply demonstrate
that the burden imposed on the woman ' s access is not " undue , ” which the O '
Connor opinion defined as : A finding of an undue burden is a shorthand for the ...
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