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Abortion: A Documentary and Reference Guide

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This thought-provoking reference work explores the evolution of America's heated abortion debate in a selection of over 40 primary documents from the 19th century to the present day. The guide includes not only key laws and court cases that have determined abortion policy, but also political speeches, medical essays, theological writings, newspaper advertisements, magazine articles, and popular books that offer insight into America's changing attitudes towards women, race, the medical field, and the role of government in its citizens' personal lives. Each document is preceded by an introduction and is followed by analysis to help readers understand its significance and historical context.

Today abortion is America's most contentious political and religious rallying point. Yet 150 years ago it was a virtual non-issue, quietly performed for centuries by women and mid-wives. What changed? This thought-provoking reference work explores the evolution of America's abortion debate in a balanced selection of over 40 primary documents by doctors, feminists, religious leaders, politicians, extremists, and judges from the 19th century to the present day. This guide not only examines the key laws and court cases, like Roe v. Wade and the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, that have determined abortion policy, but offers insight into America's changing attitudes towards women, race, the medical field, and the role of government in its citizens' personal lives. Memoirs of early abortion providers, excerpts from popular women's self-help books, the complete text of Pope Paul VI's Humanae Vitae, and personal writings from key liberal and conservative figures on both sides of the debate provide a more complete picture of an issue that is deeply personal, deeply divisive, and anything but clear-cut. A straightforward and accessible book, ideal for both students and general readers looking to expand their understanding of one of the most complicated, and still unresolved, issues of our day.

Each excerpt is preceded by a brief explanation of its significance and followed by author analysis to help readers understand its implications and the historical context in which is it was written. Readers gain direct access to America's most important legal papers and transcripts on abortion, complimented by a well rounded view of the public beliefs and sentiments that have fueled abortion debates. Suggestions for further reading conclude each chapter, perfect for research or to guide interested readers in their search for material. The front matter includes a Timeline of major events in abortion history, and the back matter, offers a Bibliography of 50 titles on abortion and over 30 Web links.

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Drawing on primary sources ranging from an early tract on married women's etiquette to Supreme Court opinions, Rose (political science, Portland State U.) traces diverse views and legal positions on abortion from 19th to 21st century America. Through extensive document analysis, she comments on the complex issues involved in this contentious sociopolitical issue. The guide includes a chronology up until 2007, highlighted aspects, further reading, and photos of people involved in the ongoing debate. Rose is the author of other publications on abortion policy, e.g., Safe, Legal and Unavailable? (CQ Books, 2007). Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Documents are presented in easy-to-use chronological order, divided into 7 chapters exploring the various eras of the abortion debate.

Chapter 1: (19th century) The state's minimal role in abortions, the nascent women's movement, and a medical movement to restrict abortion provision.

Chapter 2: (1905 - 1960) America's strictest era of abortion policy. The ideology of motherhood vs. post-suffrage women's desire to control their fertility.

Chapter 3: (1965-1971). Voices for decreased abortion restrictions and tragic consequences of illegal abortions.

Chapter 4: (1973 - 983) Results of and immediate academic responses to the movement to liberalize abortion policy.

Chapter 5: (1984 -1989) The growing role of political parties in abortion politics.

Chapter 6: (1991-1996) The movement to protect the fetus.

Chapter 7: (2001-2005) Impact of the fetal rights movement and successes in restricting abortion access.

Synopsis:

Explores the evolution of both sides of America's abortion debate in a balanced selection of 41 primary documents by doctors, feminists, religious leaders, activists, politicians, and judges from the 19th century to the present day.

Synopsis:

This thought-provoking reference work explores the evolution of America's heated abortion debate in a selection of over 40 primary documents from the 19th century to the present day. The guide includes not only key laws and court cases that have determined abortion policy, but also political speeches, medical essays, theological writings, newspaper advertisements, magazine articles, and popular books that offer insight into America's changing attitudes towards women, race, the medical field, and the role of government in its citizens' personal lives. Each document is preceded by an introduction and is followed by analysis to help readers understand its significance and historical context.

About the Author

MELODY ROSE is chair of political science at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She holds degrees from U.C. Santa Cruz (B.A. with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, 1988) and Cornell University (Masters in Public Affairs, 1991; M.A. in Government, 1995; Ph.D. in Government, 1997). She is the author of a number of articles and books on social and election policy, most recently including Safe, Legal, and Unavailable? (2007, CQ Press), a book evaluating American abortion policy. Dr. Rose is also Founder and Director of NEW Leadership Oregon, which offers political and leadership training programs to college women in Oregon. This program is dedicated to inspiring and educating the next generation of women leaders in our nation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313340321
Author:
Rose, Melody
Publisher:
Greenwood Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Abortion
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Abortion & Birth Control
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Abortion -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Sociology-Abortion and Birth Control
Series:
Documentary and Reference Guides
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
11.07x8.64x.90 in. 2.11 lbs.

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Abortion
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Abortion and Birth Control
History and Social Science » Sociology » Reference and Methodology
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Documents are presented in easy-to-use chronological order, divided into 7 chapters exploring the various eras of the abortion debate.

Chapter 1: (19th century) The state's minimal role in abortions, the nascent women's movement, and a medical movement to restrict abortion provision.

Chapter 2: (1905 - 1960) America's strictest era of abortion policy. The ideology of motherhood vs. post-suffrage women's desire to control their fertility.

Chapter 3: (1965-1971). Voices for decreased abortion restrictions and tragic consequences of illegal abortions.

Chapter 4: (1973 - 983) Results of and immediate academic responses to the movement to liberalize abortion policy.

Chapter 5: (1984 -1989) The growing role of political parties in abortion politics.

Chapter 6: (1991-1996) The movement to protect the fetus.

Chapter 7: (2001-2005) Impact of the fetal rights movement and successes in restricting abortion access.

"Synopsis" by , Explores the evolution of both sides of America's abortion debate in a balanced selection of 41 primary documents by doctors, feminists, religious leaders, activists, politicians, and judges from the 19th century to the present day.
"Synopsis" by , This thought-provoking reference work explores the evolution of America's heated abortion debate in a selection of over 40 primary documents from the 19th century to the present day. The guide includes not only key laws and court cases that have determined abortion policy, but also political speeches, medical essays, theological writings, newspaper advertisements, magazine articles, and popular books that offer insight into America's changing attitudes towards women, race, the medical field, and the role of government in its citizens' personal lives. Each document is preceded by an introduction and is followed by analysis to help readers understand its significance and historical context.
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