Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950-2000 / Edition 1

Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950-2000 / Edition 1

by Rickie Solinger
     
 


In the past half century, we have moved from criminalization of abortion to legalization, although unequal access to services and violent protests continue to tear American society apart. In this provocative volume, a passionate and diverse group of abortion rights proponents—journalists, scholars, activists, lawyers, physicians, and… See more details below

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In the past half century, we have moved from criminalization of abortion to legalization, although unequal access to services and violent protests continue to tear American society apart. In this provocative volume, a passionate and diverse group of abortion rights proponents—journalists, scholars, activists, lawyers, physicians, and philosophers—chronicles the evolution of one of the most intensely debated issues of our time. Unique in its attention to so many aspects of the debate, Abortion Wars places key issues such as medical practice, activism, legal strategies, and the meaning of choice in the deeply complex historical context of the past half-century.

Taking the reader into the trenches of the battle over abortion rights, the contributors zero in on the key moments and turning points of this ongoing war. Rickie Solinger and Laura Kaplan discuss the covert history of abortion before Roe v. Wade, including the activities of the abortion providers called Jane. Faye Ginsburg examines the recent rise of anti-abortion militancy and its ties to the religious right. Jane Hodgson reflects on her career as a physician and abortion practitioner before abortion was legal, and Alison Jaggar explores the changing theoretical underpinnings of abortion rights activism. Other essays stress the need to redefine the reproductive rights movement so that race and class as well as gender considerations are at its core and raise questions regarding abortion rights for poor women and women of color.

Taken together, the historical and interdisciplinary perspectives collected here yield a complex picture of what has been at stake in abortion politics during the past fifty years. The essays clarify why so many women consider abortion crucial to their lives and why opposition to abortion rights has become so violent today. The essays illuminate a fundamental lesson about the nature of social change in the United States: that judicial decisions that overturn restrictive laws and establish new rights do not settle social policy and, in fact, are likely to spark severe and long-lasting resistance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520209527
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/16/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology of Abortion Politics
Introduction: Abortion Politics and History1
Pt. 1Coercion, Resistance, and Liberation before Roe v. Wade11
1Pregnancy and Power before Roe v. Wade, 1950-197015
2Beyond Safe and Legal: The Lessons of Jane33
3Women versus Connecticut: Conducting a Statewide Hearing on Abortion42
Pt. 2Strategic Arenas69
4The Rule of Law, the Rise of Violence, and the Role of Morality: Reframing America's Abortion Debate73
5Legal Strategies of Abortion Rights in the Twenty-first Century95
6Electoral Politics and Abortion: Narrowing the Message111
7Punishing Drug Addicts Who Have Babies: Women of Color, Equality, and the Right of Privacy124
Pt. 3Activism157
8African-American Women and Abortion161
9Abortion in the United States - Legal But Inaccessible208
10Rescuing the Nation: Operation Rescue and the Rise of Anti-Abortion Militance227
11Toward Coalition - The Reproductive Health Technologies Practice251
Pt. 4Physicians and the Politics of Provision269
12"We Called It Kindness": Establishing a Feminist Abortion Practice273
13The Twentieth-Century Gender Battle: Difficulties in Perception290
14Life on the Front Lines307
15The Crisis in Abortion Provision and Pro-Choice Medical Activism in the 1990s320
Pt. 5Reinterpreting Abortion Rights Over Time335
16Regendering the U.S. Abortion Debate339
17Psychologies of Abortion: Implications of a Changing Context356
18Disability Rights and Selective Abortion374
Contributors395
Index401

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