Abortion: A Reference Handbook

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VOYA - Paula J. Lacey
Abortion has existed since ancient times, but the debate over the legality and morality of abortion has never been so widespread. It is a controversy that concerns YAs, not only because it has become a notorious political issue, but because it is an issue that many may have to face. For this reason, it is a common topic for research papers in middle school and high school. Costa's book will be a great starting point for these papers. It is the second edition of a book that was well reviewed when first published in 1991. The first edition made Library Journal's list of Best Reference Books of 1991 and School Library Journal's Recommended Reference Books 1992. Unlike The Abortion Controversy (Greenhaven, 1995), it is not organized by arguments pro and con. Rather, it consists of several chapters of objective research material: a chronology of events beginning with Classical Greece; biographical sketches of current movers and shakers on both sides of the issue; laws, policies and landmark court cases; as well as extensive abortion statistics. There is a frank discussion of abortion techniques and complications (psychological and physical) and an overview of fetal development. It concludes with a lengthy annotated directory of organizations and an extensive bibliography of print and nonprint materials. The purpose of the book is to present historical and factual background information objectively along with resources for further exploration. For instance, the reader will learn that in 1864 the American Medical Association established a prize for the best anti-abortion book written for the lay public. One will also find that the most common reason for having an abortion is that a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities. In the statistical section, a reader will see that 89 percent of abortions are performed within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. The biography section includes a profile of Mary Cunningham Agee, founder of the Nurturing Network, which offers alternatives to abortion for women who fear that their unintended pregnancies will do irreparable harm to their education or career. Abortion: A Reference Handbook, is just what the title says. It is packed with information, but strives to be factual. It is a resource for student researchers and will be welcomed in any public or high school library. Index. Charts. Further Reading. Chronology.
A reference of information and source materials on abortion, offering a chronology of abortion legislation from ancient Greece to the present, biographical sketches of those currently involved on both sides of the debate, and facts and statistics on abortion policies, court cases, frequency of abortion, related complications and deaths, and abortion techniques. Provides a directory of US organizations, and describes print and non-print resources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874368277
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Chronology 1
Classical Greece 1
Roman Empire 1
Beginning of Christian Era (First through Seventh Centuries) 2
Middle Christian Era (Eighth through Sixteenth Centuries) 2
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 3
Nineteenth Century 4
Twentieth Century 10
2 Biographical Sketches 69
Mary Cunningham Agee 69
Luz Alvarez-Martinez 70
Byllye Avery 71
Janet Benshoof 73
Judie Brown 74
Wanda Franz 75
Jeannie Wallace French 76
David Grimes 77
Warren Hern 79
Jane Hodgson 81
Henry Hyde 82
Molly Kelly 84
Frances Kissling 85
Kate Michelman 87
Bernard Nathanson 88
Joseph Scheidler 89
Patricia Schroeder 90
Eleanor Smeal 92
Christopher Smith 93
Randall Terry 94
Sarah Weddington 96
John C. Willke 97
3 Facts and Statistics 99
Abortion Laws and Policies 100
Landmark Court Cases 108
Abortion Statistics 132
Abortion Access 154
Harassment of Abortion Providers and Antiabortion Violence 157
Public Opinion and Abortion 161
Abortion Techniques 163
Abortion Complications and Long-Term Impact 174
Overview of Embryonic and Fetal Development 180
4 Directory of Organizations 187
5 Selected Print Resources 221
Bibliographies 221
Anthologies 224
Books and Monographs 238
Periodicals 284
News Service 286
6 Selected Nonprint Resources 287
Computer Database Search Service 287
Resources on the Internet 287
Videos and Films 290
Distributors 314
Other Sources 316
Glossary 317
Index 325
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