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Between Two Absolutes: Public Opinion and the Politics of Abortion

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Using extensive analysis of survey data, the authors show that the American public values both individual freedom and fetal life, and that a majority of Americans favor keeping abortion legal in some but not all circumstances. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813382876
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/1992
  • Pages: 236

Meet the Author

Ted Jelen is professor of political science at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He has published extensively in the areas of religion and politics, church-state relations, and the politics of abortion. He is currently the editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Clyde Wilcox is professor of government at Georgetown University. He has published a number of books on religion and politics in the U.S. and abroad, and on interest group politics, including Groups in American Elections: The New Face of Electioneering, Second Edition and The Values Campaign: The Christian Right in the 2004 Elections. He also writes on gender politics, campaign finance, and the politics of science fiction.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Abortion and American Politics 1
Abortion: A Concise and Contested History 5
The Abortion Issue: The Search for an Analogue 10
Conclusions 23
2 The Social Bases of Abortion Attitudes 31
Attitudes Toward Legal Abortion: Methods of Analysis 32
Abortion Attitudes: An Overview 35
State Differences in Abortion Attitudes 41
Group Differences in Abortion Attitudes 44
Demographic Differences in Abortion Attitudes: Multivariate Analyses 62
Conclusions 64
3 The Subjective Bases of Abortion Attitudes 69
Ideological Self-Identification 70
A Matter of Life and Death? 72
Abortion and Gender Role Attitudes 76
Attitudes Toward Parenthood and Female Employment 80
Attitudes Toward Sexual Morality 83
Putting Things Together: Multivariate Analyses 86
Conclusions 90
4 Religion and Abortion Attitudes 93
Religion and Abortion Attitudes Among Whites: Theological Traditions 94
Denominational Preference and Abortion Attitudes Among Whites 101
The Sources of Abortion Attitudes: White Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants, and Roman Catholics 108
Religion and Abortion Attitudes Among African-Americans 114
Religion and Abortion Attitudes Among American Jews 118
Religion and Abortion Attitudes: A Comprehensive Model 121
Conclusions 124
5 Who Is Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, and In Between? 131
Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Supporters: An Overview 133
Pro-Life Citizens 140
Issue Divisions Among Pro-Life Citizens 142
Pro-Choice Citizens 144
Issue Groups Among Pro-Choice Supporters 146
Situationalists 147
Conclusions 155
6 The Electoral Politics of Abortion 161
Abortion and Vote Decisions 164
The Abortion Issue in Presidential Elections 166
Abortion and Congressional Elections 171
Abortion and State Electoral Politics After Webster 173
Conclusions 183
7 From Rights to Policy: The Future of the Abortion Debate 191
Abortion and the Anti-Politics of Rights 193
Abortion Policy in the Post-Webster Era 196
Conclusions 205
Appendix: Detailed Results of Multivariate Analyses 209
Bibliography 219
About the Book and Authors 229
Index 231
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