Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community, Updated edition / Edition 1

Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community, Updated edition / Edition 1

by Faye D. Ginsburg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520217357

ISBN-13: 9780520217355

Pub. Date: 09/01/1998

Publisher: University of California Press


Based on the struggle over a Fargo, North Dakota, abortion clinic, Contested Lives explores one of the central social conflicts of our time. Both wide-ranging and rich in detail, it speaks not simply to the abortion issue but also to the critical role of women's political activism.

A new introduction addresses the events of the last decade, which saw the

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Based on the struggle over a Fargo, North Dakota, abortion clinic, Contested Lives explores one of the central social conflicts of our time. Both wide-ranging and rich in detail, it speaks not simply to the abortion issue but also to the critical role of women's political activism.

A new introduction addresses the events of the last decade, which saw the emergence of Operation Rescue and a shift toward more violent, even deadly, forms of anti-abortion protest. Responses to this trend included government legislation, a decline in clinics and doctors offering abortion services, and also the formation of Common Ground, an alliance bringing together activists from both sides to address shared concerns. Ginsburg shows that what may have seemed an ephemeral artifact of "Midwestern feminism" of the 1980s actually foreshadowed unprecedented possibilities for reconciliation in one of the most entrenched conflicts of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520217355
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
First Edition, With a new introduction
Pages:
359
Sales rank:
1,334,064
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Updated Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
Pt. IAbortion and the American Body Politic
2From the Physicians' Campaign to Roe v. Wade23
3The Rise of the Right-to-Life Movement43
Pt. IIThe Abortion Controversy in a Grass-roots Setting
4The First Phase of Conflict61
5The Clinic Conflict76
6Interpretive Battlegrounds94
7Angles of Incidence, Angles of Reflection111
Pt. III"Procreation Stories"
8Interpreting Life Stories133
9The Pro-Choice Narratives146
10The Pro-Life Narratives172
Pt. IVReconstructing Gender in America
11La Longue Duree201
12Conclusion212
Epilogue: Pro-Dialogue222
Appendix: Female Moral Reform Movements in America227
Notes249
Bibliography287
Index307

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