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Safe, legal, and unavailable? : abortion politics in the United States

Author: Melody Rose
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2007.
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Finding that her students readily defend various positions on the abortion controversy, but rarely know what the actual status of abortion policy is, Rose (political science, Portland State U., Oregon) sets out the current policy--arguing that abortion is neither illegal nor available on demand--then places the partisan maneuverings of abortion debate within that context. Each chapter contains discussion questions  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rose, Melody.
Safe, legal, and unavailable?
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2007
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Melody Rose
OCLC Number: 1035893768
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 235 pages : illustrations)
Contents: Tables, figures, and map --
Preface --
Introduction --
A brief history of American abortion policy --
The early years --
The movement to re-legalize abortion --
The opposition emerges --
The current debate --
Abortion as social regulatory policy --
Political labels --
Research methodology --
Maternal and fetal citizenship --
Book overview --
Discussion questions --
Suggested reading --
Notes --
1. Abortion : just the facts --
Is the United States unique on the world stage? --
Incidence of abortion in the United States --
The United States compared to the world --
Why women have abortions --
Abortion and safety --
Who has abortions in the United States --
When women have abortions --
The court of public opinion --
Conclusion --
Discussion questions --
Suggested reading --
Notes --
2. Abortion on demand? : the Supreme Court and abortion rights --
Physicians as authorities --
The Supreme Court's first appearance in abortion policy : challenges to the Comstock Law --
Margaret Sanger : advocate for women's reproductive rights --
Physicians and the contraception and abortion movements --
The U.S. Supreme Court acknowledges a right to privacy --
Griswold v. Connecticut --
Roe v. Wade --
The intermediate years : protecting choice, denying rights --
Neutral no more : Webster v. Reproductive Health Services --
Casey : supplanting doctor authority with state authority --
Stenberg v. Carhart : a footnote or a shift? --
Conclusion --
Discussion questions --
Suggested reading --
Notes. 3. Abortion restrictions in the states --
Practical barriers to abortion access --
Location of providers --
Competition and profit margins --
The graying of a generation --
Anti-abortion extremism and violence --
Pro-choice advocates respond --
A lack of education --
Pharmacists as roadblocks to abortion --
Statutory barriers to abortion access --
Illegal and unenforceable barriers --
Legal barriers --
Barriers to funding --
State protections for abortion --
Patterns of restriction and protection --
State protections for the fetus --
Conclusion --
Discussion questions --
Suggested reading --
Notes --
4. Abortion and the federal government --
Constitutional amendment or statutory ban? --
Banning federal funding of abortion --
The pro-life movement begins to organize --
The pro-life movement sets the terms of the debate --
A new strategy for a new century : persuade, protect, and prohibit --
Persuade --
Statutory protection of the fetus --
Prohibit --
Nomination politics and the making of a new Supreme Court --
Conclusion --
Discussion questions --
Suggested reading --
Notes. 5. Pro-choice, pro-life, or pro-birth? : the partisan maneuverings of abortion politics --
Party lines converge --
General party lines --
The parties organize to win elections --
The 1960s : the parties of Lincoln and Douglas --
The 1970s : new coalitions for new positions --
The 1980s : the parties change sides --
The 1990s : republican loyalty and democratic disunity --
2000 and beyond : party platforms dictate policy --
Party in government --
Crossing party lines on funding --
Partisan loyalty in prohibition and fetal protection --
Democratic disunity, republican unity --
The 2004 election : abortion as a wedge issue? --
Conclusion --
Discussion questions --
Suggested reading --
Notes --
6. Conclusion : the pendulum swings --
Introduction : where could we go from here? --
The physicians return --
Women's self-help movement --
The religious left --
Conclusion --
Discussion questions --
Suggested reading --
Notes --
Appendix A : Landmark contraception and abortion cases --
Appendix B : National political party platforms statements on abortion --
Appendix C : Web resources --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Melody Rose.
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