Understanding the New Politics of Abortion

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With contributions from leading scholars in abortion politics, this volume presents a new theoretical framework for understanding the conflict over abortion rights. It serves in three ways: as the source of the most up-to-date assessment of the controversy; as a stimulant to debate about the future of abortion policy; and as a tool for understanding abortion as a political issue.

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Overview

With contributions from leading scholars in abortion politics, this volume presents a new theoretical framework for understanding the conflict over abortion rights. It serves in three ways: as the source of the most up-to-date assessment of the controversy; as a stimulant to debate about the future of abortion policy; and as a tool for understanding abortion as a political issue.

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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: 9780803952416
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/27/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
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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