Understanding the New Politics of Abortion

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Few issues facing society today are more divisive than the conflict over abortion rights. As the United States entered the decade of the 1990s, battles over abortion raged in all branches - and at all levels - of government. This comprehensive, cutting-edge volume presents a novel theoretical framework for understanding the "new" politics of abortion in a post-Webster, post-Casey era. It serves as a vessel for the most current empirical and theoretical research; as an up-to-date assessment of the controversy; as a stimulus for debate about future policy; and as a tool to teach students about abortion as a political issue. Understanding the New Politics of Abortion describes, analyzes, and interprets the subtleties of conflicting values, attitudes, and behavior. With contributions from some of the most well-established scholars in abortion politics, this volume stands as the premier resource for current information.
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In 15 essays, presents a theoretical political framework for the abortion debate after anti-abortion forces shifted from chipping away rights to reversing the entire movement. Considers the nature and scope of the conflict, the institutional setting, and the policies and politics in the states. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803952409
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/27/1993
  • Pages: 356

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Framework for Understanding the New Politics of Abortion 1
1 The Foundations of Abortion Attitudes: The Role of Values and Value Conflict 23
2 The Sources of Antiabortion Attitudes: The Case of Religious Political Activists 44
3 A LISREL Model of Public Opinion on Abortion 57
4 Generational Differences in Attitudes Toward Abortion 71
5 What if Abortion Were Illegal? Policy Alternatives Won't Be Easy 89
6 The Persistence of Ideological Cleavage in Voting on Abortion Legislation in the House of Representatives, 1973-1988 109
7 Religion and Roll-Call Voting in Idaho: The 1990 Abortion Controversy 123
8 Abortion, Elections, and the Media 134
9 Abortion Attitudes and the Louisiana Governor's Election 154
10 The States After Roe: No "Paper Tigers" 167
11 Abortion Opinion and Policy in the American States 190
12 Public Opinion, Interest Groups, and Public Policy Making: Abortion Policy in the American States 203
13 Differences in Public Policies Toward Abortion: Electoral and Policy Context 222
14 Abortion Politics and Abortion Funding Policy 249
15 Do Women Legislators Matter? Female Legislators and State Abortion Policy 268
Conclusion: The Future of the New Politics of Abortion 285
References 291
Index 310
About the Contributors 320
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