7

The Politics of
Abortion

The Politics of Abortion

Most controversies in America involve politics at some point. Abortion is no exception. People on both sides want their views heard. They also, when possible, want their views to become laws. In that way abortion involves not only citizens, but the president, state and federal governments, and the entire court system. As soon as the laws began to change, people began to argue about the changes, and people on all parts of the political spectrum took sides.


The Supreme Court and
Abortion Law

Many Americans on either side of the 1973 decision thought that the abortion matter was finally settled. However, in the years following Rue v. Wade, the Court has taken a number of cases that touch upon some aspect of the issue. Many think the 2006 South Dakota law will eventually wind up there, too. The results of some of the cases presented here show the ways in which the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Foreword 7
  • 1: The History of Abortion 10
  • 2: The Issues: Pro-Choice Vs. Pro-Life 26
  • 3: Rights of Minors and Other Special Cases 43
  • 4: Rape and Incest 57
  • 5: Abortion, Race, and Religion 70
  • 6: Medical Issues 85
  • 7: The Politics of Abortion 104
  • Notes 123
  • Further Information 127
  • Bibliography 130
  • Index 135
  • About: The Author 143
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